Braille

Welcome to our braille pages. This section of the website is for you if you don’t know anything about braille but want to learn, you know braille but want to brush up your skills, you want to know where to purchase braille products, or you’re a sighted friend or family member of a braillist.

  • If you’ve never heard of braille before, start with our What Is Braille? page.
  • Our Learn Braille page provides links to courses and supplementary resources at a range of levels.
  • Our Braille Tips page provides some helpful hints for making the most of braille and remembering parts of the code which you might find tricky.
  • Our Braille and Tactile Consumables page provides information about the various sizes and types of braille paper on offer, suppliers of braille labelling tape and braille paper ring binders, and other tactile products such as Bump Ons and Wikkistix
  • The Braillecast podcast is the official podcast of the Braillists Foundation with exclusive interviews and features about braille
  • For peer support with any aspect of braille, visit our Braille Communities page.

Join our Braille Bar

Every Monday at 7:00 PM in the UK, we’ll be having a conference call for braillists old and new. For now, please see our Stay Safe: Stay Connected page for more information. Once Lockdown is over, we’ll move the information to this page.

Purchase a Hand Frame

Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Bristol Braille Technology CIC, the Braillists Foundation has a limited number of Janus Interline Braille Slates which it is making available for a minimum donation of £5. If you’d like to buy one, please send your address to [email protected] and make your donation via Go Fund Me and we’ll post one out to you.

Please note: these slates take 3×5 inch index cards. Suitable paper is listed on our Braille Consumables page.

Using the Janus Slate

To put paper into the frame you slide it in the open side. You can find this because it has a small intent in the plastic around the edge of one of the short sides. Note that the frame does not unfold like a standard frame.

Paper slides in there and now can be embossed using the stylus included. This is a flat, sculpted stylus, very handy for keeping in a purse or pocket or similar (compared with the conventional more bulbous handled ones).

You can write on both sides of the paper, just turn the frame over. The spacing is inter-line, meaning the lines are off-set on one side compared with the other. When you take the card out and put it back in again to make a correction be careful to put it in the same way around, otherwise the lines will not line up.