Apply for free Braille equipment!

Please note all of the free equipment has now been taken, and due to constraints in our funding we are unable to obtain more equipment at this time. We have retained the information below for historical interest and will update our website if more equipment becomes available in future.

We are very excited to be offering free Braille reading, writing and learning equipment to Braillists newsletter subscribers and master-class attendees based in the UK or Ireland.

Below is a list of what can be sent. We hope this will help you follow along with our master-classes and to practice Braille in your own time:

  • An A4 Braille frame.
  • A pocket interline record card Braille frame (the Janus).
  • A stylus.
  • Samples of A4 Braille paper.
  • Samples of 5×3″ index record cards.
  • An 8-cell Braille word forming block (for learners).
  • A tactile abacus.

There are limited stocks. Therefore please let us know if you don’t want any of the above when you apply so we can reserve them for people who will benefit from them. If you don’t specify we will send one of everything we still have available.

To apply please write in to [email protected] or telephone +4420 3893 3392 with the following information. We also encourage people to apply on behalf of others who may benefit where they cannot apply themselves:

  1. Confirm that you or the recipient are subscribed to the Braillists newsletter.
  2. Confirm that you or the recipient are interested in attending our Braille master-classes. These can be attended by telephone or Zoom.
  3. Confirm the British or Irish postal address to receive the equipment, including postcode.
  4. Confirm that this equipment will not be resold.
  5. Confirm that you or the recipient are happy to donate it to another Braille reader when/if it is no longer of any use to you (or post it back to the Braillists).
  6. Tell us if you don’t want any of the above items.

For data protection reasons your address will only be held by our partner, Vision Through Sound and will not be seen by other Braillists members. If you are not from the UK or Ireland then you can ask on the email forum ( for advice on similar resources in your country.