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Next Tuesday: Note Taking: Creating Notes for Yourself

This session will look at how to take effective notes in braille for your own personal use. We will cover increasing your speed when note taking, ways to organise your notes and the tools that you may wish to use.

If you’d like to join us, and you’ve already joined us for one of our Tuesday evening Masterclasses in 2021, you don’t need to register again. You will receive a reminder email on the day with joining information, so don’t worry if you’ve lost your link.

Otherwise, if you’re joining us for the first time, please register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

If this time isn’t convenient for you, fear not: all sessions in this series will be recorded and made available at: https://www.braillists.org/media

They will also be published via our Braillecast podcast – simply search for “Braillecast” in your podcast client of choice, or ask your smart speaker to “play Braillecast”. We are also available on the Victor Reader range of DAISY players and the internet radios from British Wireless for the Blind.

Next Tuesday: Note Taking: Taking Notes for Others

If you are required to take notes as part of a team, whether that’s in a meeting or for group projects, this session will guide you through using braille to take notes that are also visually accessible. We will touch on taking notes using a braille display, and writing Markdown in braille to format your notes.

If you’d like to join us, and you’ve already joined us for one of our Tuesday evening Masterclasses in 2021, you don’t need to register again. You will receive a reminder email on the day with joining information, so don’t worry if you’ve lost your link.

Otherwise, if you’re joining us for the first time, please register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

If this time isn’t convenient for you, fear not: all sessions in this series will be recorded and made available at: https://www.braillists.org/media

They will also be published via our Braillecast podcast – simply search for “Braillecast” in your podcast client of choice, or ask your smart speaker to “play Braillecast”. We are also available on the Victor Reader range of DAISY players and the internet radios from British Wireless for the Blind.

Tuesday February 16th at 19:30 GMT: Using Braille as a Presentation Tool, part 2: Braille for Public Speaking

If you need to deliver speeches for work, school, or as part of one of your interests, this session will guide you through using braille in order to present more effectively. This master class builds on the previous session, which focussed on using braille with existing presentation software such as PowerPoint and Google Slides, however it can also be attended as a stand-alone event.

In this session we will cover:

  • Writing a presentation script.
  • Using cue cards.
  • Setting up the space to deliver using a braille display.
  • Setting up the space to deliver using hardcopy braille.
  • Suggested equipment and resources.

To register for this webinar, visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

Tuesday February 9th at 19:30 GMT: Using Braille as a Presentation Tool, part 1

This session will cover using braille with PowerPoint and Google Slides. We’ll guide you through how braille output works with these pieces of software and the ways it can enable you to deliver more effective presentations. Next week we will continue looking at presenting in braille, with a focus on public speaking and preparing braille notes for use when delivering speeches.

This session is ideal for anyone who is required to deliver presentations for school, work, or in a voluntary capacity. It will also provide encouragement for any budding public speakers.

To register for this series of master classes, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

33 Percent Discount on Perkins Brailler Servicing During the MOnth of February

Some of you may know Alan Thorpe, and his partner Sandra, from Zoom meetings. They are both guide dog users and owners of Eyecan, a small organisation that is here to help visually impaired people.

As part of their work, Eyecan service and repair Perkins Braillers. This normally costs £30. However, for the month of February, they are offering a specially discounted price of £20 to anyone who receives the Brailists newsletter. This offer is for the service of one Perkins per person.

To place your order, please ring Alan on 07961406739 or email [email protected], quoting “The Braillists offer of £20”. You will then be sent a personalised postage label.

Alan and Sandra look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday 26 January at 19:30 GMT: Using Braille on iOS

Did you know you can use your iPhone from your pocket thanks to your braille display? We’ll be showing you how to do this in our next Tuesday evening Masterclass on 2 February.
Presented by Matthew Horspool, an experienced iOS user and braille expert, we’ll demonstrate how to pair your braille display to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using Bluetooth, explain how to set your desired braille code, and give you an overview of the many braille commands that are available.
We’ll also demonstrate Braille Screen Input, which allows you to braille directly on the touch screen of your Apple device.
If you are already registered for our Tuesday series, you don’t need to register again. However, if you are unsure, or would like to register for the first time, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

Have You Visited Our Website Recently?

The sustained downtime over Christmas allowed us to update several pages on our website and I thought I would take this opportunity to itemise the changes and, in so doing, draw some pages to your attention that you might not already know about:

We hope you enjoy browsing our website and very much look forward to welcoming you to a Braillists event soon.

Tuesday January 26th at 19:30 GMT: Using Braille on Windows

Our series of Tuesday master classes continues with an overview of using braille on Windows. Find out how to pair a windows PC with a braille display, which screen readers support braille output, and tips and tricks for using braille in conjunction with a screen-reader.

If you are already registered for our Tuesday series, you need not register again. However, if you are unsure, or would like to register for the first time, please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

Praise gratefully received for World Braille Day panel

Massive thanks to everyone who joined the Braillists Foundation to celebrate World Braille Day held on Monday 4th of January. Further thanks to all of you who took the time and effort to complete our feedback survey. You’re comments help us plan future braille events.

We were delighted that our exploration of braille by a recent graduate, successful journalist and retired professor was so well received. If you missed our panel featuring 3 generations of braillists, you can listen again here: www.braillists.org/media

A Statement from the UK Association for Accessible Formats

The UK Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF) is saddened to learn of the recent death of one of its honorary members, Bill Poole.

Known to many of us, Bill served as Chair of the Braille Authority of the United Kingdom (BAUK) for many years prior to that organisation – with others – helping to form UKAAF. His commitment to the rightful place of blind and partially sighted people in society was tireless, along with his enormous contribution to BAUK, realising only too well the need to integrate braille and technology if braille was to have a secure future.

He was also active in his work on RNIB committees over five decades helping to influence its decision-making. In particular he was part of the National Federation team in the 1970s which fought successfully to increase the proportion of representative blind people on RNIB’s Executive Council.

There will be other ways in which UKAAF will remember Bill as a person and his work in due course.

Roger Firman, 18 January 2021