On this page you can find resources produced by the Braillists Foundation, including recordings and notes from previous events. If you find these resources helpful, please consider attending a Braillists event.

All audio recordings are hosted by BrailleCast Extra, and can be accessed in your podcast app of choice.

Braille Master Classes

The Braillists Foundation runs a variety of one off webinars where we introduce you to various aspects of using braille and available braille technologies.

An Introduction to Braille Music

In this practical introduction to braille music we introduce you to braille music notation, how to both read and write braille music, where to access braille music and how to continue learning. This event was led by James Bowden, Braille Technical Officer at RNIB.

Knowledge of contracted braille is required to follow along with the session and the handout, which is located below the media player.

Download An Introduction to Braille Music

Using Braille for Learning Languages

This session looked at how to use braille when learning a language, including accessing BRFs and using your iPhone to assist with reading. We discussed various language codes used around the world, including for biblical language study. Participants shared their own experiences learning languages and the various resources they have accessed.
This session was delivered by Holly Scott-Gardner.
Links to the resources discussed in the recording can be found in the notes, which are available for download below the media player.

Download Using Braille for Learning Languages

An Introduction to the Slate and Stylus

This event, led by James Bowden, Braille Technical Officer at RNIB, was a practical introduction on using a hand frame (also known as a slate and stylus). The session covered inserting the paper, holding the stylus and writing some characters, as well as some basic types of frame and where to get them. If you have a braille hand frame you can complete the activities as you listen, and use the written notes (found below the media player) to support your learning.

Download An Introduction to the Slate and Stylus

Getting Around the Orbit Reader 20

Dave Williams, Brailleists Foundation Chair and Customer Experience Manager at RNIB talks us through the Orbit Reader. What is it, how does it compare to other displays on the market and how can you get one?

Download Getting Around the Orbit

Stay Safe, Stay Connected

During the Coronavirus pandemic the Braillists Foundation held a large number of Zoom calls, helping to keep the blind community connected and engaged. Recordings of these calls are now being archived.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected call with Stuart Lawler

This session explained how various levels of braille technology, for example a note taker or display, might be advantageous for you in different situations. It also covered how mainstream technology has embraced braille to all our advantages.
Stuart focused particularly on the ElBraille with Focus 5th edition display, the Braille Sense Polaris and the QBraille from Selvas Healthcare.

Download Stay Safe, Stay Connected call with Stuart Lawler.

Orbit Reader 20

This is an overview of the Orbit Reader 20, held as part of a Stay Safe: Stay Connected call on Monday 27 July 2020.

Download Orbit Reader 20

Stay Safe, Stay Connected call with Brian MacDonald

National Braille Press, based in Boston Massachusetts since 1927, is a global leader in producing high quality, affordable braille materials and developing innovative technologies advancing braille literacy for blind and visually impaired children and adults everywhere. In addition to its first class braille transcription facility, producing everything from standardised tests to restaurant menus, NBP has a unique specialism in publishing original books by blind authors expressly for blind people, from cookery to technology.
On Friday 15 May, the Braillists Foundation was privileged to host Brian MacDonald, NBP’s President, on its weekly Stay Safe: Stay Connected conference call, and participants had the opportunity to ask questions about how more high quality braille is finding its way into the hands of more readers throughout these challenging times.

Download Stay Safe, Stay Connected call with Brian MacDonald