Does Your Reading Speed Require Improvement?

If so, come to our Masterclass on Tuesday (19 October) at 7:30 PM.

We’re delighted to be joined by Kit Aronoff of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and founder of Main Line Accessibility Consulting. Kit has a background in elementary education and is passionate about building braille mastery. Using principals of teaching literacy to emerging readers and articles from the National Federation of the Blind, Kit has developed a series of strategies which are sure to benefit even the most compitent of braillists.

If you’re already registered for our Masterclasses, you don’t need to register again. If not, you can register for Tuesday’s session here.

We’re sure you will agree that this is a session not to be missed.

Pioneering UK Charity Announces Opportunities for Remote Braille Tuition

The Braillists Foundation is thrilled to announce that it is now accepting registrations for its third “Braille for Beginners” course, which will take place over eight Tuesdays at 6:00 PM starting on 11 January 2022. This innovative and accessible programme will equip blind and partially sighted adults with the skills to read and write braille letters, numbers and punctuation, promoting unparalleled levels of independence and raising their confidence and self-esteem.

Dave Williams, Chairman of the Braillists and himself blind since birth, said: “For me, there is no greater privilege than being able to read bedtime stories to my son. Without braille, I’m certain I would not be able to do this. I’m therefore delighted that we are able to mark National Braille Week at the Braillists by unlocking the world of reading by touch for so many people who have never had the opportunity before.”

The course, which will take place on Zoom with a telephone dial-in option for those with limited or no access to the internet, will be delivered by a highly qualified tutor with extensive experience of teaching braille to adults who are losing their sight, and is offered at no charge. Required resources will be provided by post or download, and peer support and 1:1 assistance from the tutor will be available by email between sessions.

Further details and the registration form can be found at www.braillists.org/beginners

Braille: Connecting the Dots in 2021

Are you thinking about learning braille, but dont’ know whether it’s worth it? Did you learn braille as a child, but haven’t used it since? Do you know braille and want to use it in your daily life, but can’t work out where it will fit? Are you bamboozled by braille technology, gadgets and gizmos?

Join our panel of passionate Braillists to explore how to overcome common obstacles faced by people who could benefit from reading by touch. You will hear a diverse range of perspectives from braille learners to braille experts, technology enthusiasts to people who just need to get on at home or in the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute your own tips and suggestions.

We’ll be starting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 12 October. The link for this event is different to usual, so you will need to re-register. This is a quick and easy process, but if you get stuck, please email us at [email protected] and we will process the registration for you.

Register for Connecting the Dots in 2021 here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcuCppj0vHNY35tbIeyesSozi8V43DFcT

We hope you will join us as we celebrate national Braille week.

Do Something Different for National Braille Week

What are you doing to promote braille? Or, more importantly, what could you do to promote braille that you’re not doing already?

We’ve had landmark successes over the years, such as making it a legal requirement to include braille on bleach and pharmaceutical products.

We’ve also seen successes which feel smaller in isolation, but which nonetheless have a big impact. Many more restaurants have braille menus now compared with 20 years ago. Braille signage in public places is more commonplace, even if sometimes it’s attached upside down!

There are undoubtedly personal successes too. Maybe you’ve built braille labelling into your routines, or someone’s sent you a braille birthday card for the first time.

Wherever you are on your braille journey, we’re inviting you to do something you wouldn’t usually do to promote braille this National Braille Week. The more creative, the better!

And if you can think of something by Tuesday evening, be sure to come to our Connecting the Dots event and share it with us!

National Braille Week Lunchtime Discussion with Sight and Sound Technology, UKAAF and the Braillists Foundation, Tuesday 12 October at 12:30 PM

Can you imagine a world without braille? Can you think about how braille has impacted positively on your life, or on the lives of people with whom you work? Maybe you’re a family member or a friend of a braille user and you’ve seen first-hand how this revolutionary code has made a difference.

These are the topics of a lunchtime meeting from Sight and Sound Technology to celebrate National Braille Week, collaborating with great friends and colleagues from UKAAF (the UK Association for Accessible Formats) and the Braillists Foundation. The panel will talk not only about their own use of braille in their personal and professional lives, but we will actively be encouraging audience input – we want to hear your braille stories and experiences.

In short, if you are passionate about braille and want to shout it from the rooftops, this lunchtime event is most certainly for you!

Register here to attend the lunchtime discussion from Sight and Sound: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5dj-kdPKRwWg_oH0yoTrOQ