Battle of the Braille Keyboards, Tuesday at 7:30 PM

There are two well-known braille keyboards on the market today, the Orbit Writer and the Hable One. What are the similarities? What are the differences? Which one would suit your needs best?

This Tuesday at 7:30 PM, we’ll be joined by a user of each keyboard. They will tell us more about how their preferred keyboard works and why they like it, and we will learn how they compare against each other.

You can register for the event here:

To join by telephone, please use these details:

  • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
  • Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710
  • Passcode: 123456

New Braille for Beginners Course Coming Soon

Since 2020, the Braillists Foundation has helped over 250 people learn braille through its revolutionary Braille for Beginners programme. Taught remotely by expert braille tutors, it has increased the independence of dozens of blind and partially sighted adults by teaching them to read the entire braille alphabet, numbers and punctuation, and equipping them with the skills to develop their braille writing.

We are now ready to lift the lid on the next phase of this pioneering project, which will allow us to reach hundreds more blind and partially sighted people who wish to learn to read braille by touch. We will be holding a special launch event for this new course during National Braille Week, and we’d love to see you there!

At the event, you will hear first-hand from the people who put the course together, alongside past participants and established braille users. We will demonstrate the profound impact that braille has had on the lives of people who have learnt it and explain how this new incarnation of Braille for Beginners will work.

Join us on Zoom at 7:00 PM BST on Monday 10 October and help us change the lives of blind and partially sighted people.


In 1992, the Gardner’s Trust for the Blind established an annual competition, designed to encourage the use of Braille music amongst students up to the age of 19 in the UK. 30 years on, the tests have been revised and are now open to people of all ages.

RNIB administers the awards which test reading, understanding and performing from memory. There are five levels of Braille Music Literacy Award. All candidates receive a report and a certificate of entry and the best entrant reaching the required standard at each level is given a prize ranging from £10 to £50.

The tests offer music Braillists a chance to have their efforts rewarded, a chance to have their specialist skills assessed and a chance to show their musical independence.

Tests are to be held from October 2022 to February 2023 at a location to suit the candidate. Online tests are also possible.

Specimen tests, general regulations and requirements in Braille and print are available from the Music Advisory Service.

For further details or to request the information pack and application form, please contact [email protected].

New Braille Support Group for Parents of Visually Impaired Children in East London

Braille Buddies
Our friendly Braille-learning Group

Calling parents of visually impaired children.

Come to this special session so that you can learn braille and teach your children.

Meeting Room 1 (first floor)
Dagenham Heathway Library

23rd September 2022
10:30 – 12:30

For more information, please contact:
Dean Apps
Visual Rehabilitation Worker
Sensory Team
Disability Service
Care and Support
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Room F01
Dagenham Library,
1 Church Elm Lane,
RM10 9QS
Phone: 07812 999648
Email: [email protected]

Getting to Know RNIB Reading Services, This Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Welcome to a new term of Braillists events! We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer.

We kick off our Masterclasses this Tuesday, 6 September, with a review of RNIB Reading Services. Connor Scott-Gardner is an avid reader, and he will demonstrate how to download books, transfer them to your braille display and read them. He will also explain how Reading Services differs from other offerings from RNIB and elsewhere.

You can register for the event here:

To join by telephone, please use these details:

  • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
  • Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710
  • Passcode: 123456

Welcome Back to the Book Club

The Book Club returns this Thursday, 8 September. There are four groups, reading the following books:

  • Beginners: Paddington Turrns Detective and Other Funny Stories, by Michael Bond
    • Grade 1: Children g1, Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories UEB g1 Bond.brf
    • Grade 2: Children Stories 1, Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories UEB Bond.brf
  • Improvers: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch, by Tom Fletcher
    • Grade 1: Children g1, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch UEB g1 Fletcher.brf
    • Grade 2: Children Stories 1, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch UEB Fletcher.brf
  • Intermediate: A Friend for Life, by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home with Punteha van Terheyden; foreword by Paul O’Grady MBE
    • Grade 2: Pets, A Friend for Life UEB Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.brf
  • Advanced: The New Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1950, chosen and edited by Helen Gardner
    • Grade 2: Poetry, The New Oxford Book of English Verse UEB Gardner.brf

Information on how to join the Book Club can be found at the end of this Newsletter, or you can write to us at [email protected].

Braille Refresher Questions from APH

The American Printing House for the Blind have launched Braille Refresher Questions, a weekly email inviting you to answer a multiple choice question on a particular aspect of the braille code. They are topical and designed to keep you knowledge of braille sharp.

These no-stakes Braille Refreshers are for fun; they are in no way a “test.”

To subscribe to these emails at any time, please send your name and braille-related title to [email protected].