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Hello Braillist,

As the year starts drawing to a close, with the festive season upon us and a chill in the air we've got a raft of new developments here at the Braillists. From a new approach to the way we're organised to updates on the projects we're involved with, funding wins and upcoming Braille meetings.

A shift of focus for the Braillists

We've had a great year for the Braillists in 2016, seen membership tip over 250, and lots of expressions of interests from a variety of new projects. Therefore Braillists groups will now have a much greater project focus rather than restricted to geographic location. For example, groups will come together to test the Canute for Bristol Braille Technology, support the development of other Braille-related technologies that come along, develop innovative approaches for teaching Braille, advocate for Braille generally, etc. Groups will still be able to meet together if the members live near to one another, but they will also include members who participate remotely, using Skype for example.

Project: Canute from Bristol Braille Technology

Bristol Braille Technology is holding a Christmas party on the 16th of December in central Bristol to celebrate Canute project successes this year. It will start at 7PM at a pub somewhere central, yet to be decided. All Braillists are welcome to attend. We'll be bringing along Canute prototypes for some Braillists to take home and test over Christmas.
Email or watch for announcements on the forum if you'd like to attend. All welcome!

Canute Mk10 is currently being tested in New College Worcester and we're due to hear back from the school immanently with their feedback. We'll also be running tests in the New Year with Child Vision and the NCBI in Dublin. On top of that we'll be testing the Canute Mk9, Mk10 and three Mk11 units with Braillists.

Project: Calvin Cheung

We've had a great proposal from a university project on the Braillists forum. Calvin is looking to test his tactile graphing and images concept in a Braillists group over the next couple of months. Calvin is looking to test the idea at the next group that meets in Bristol. Watch this space for the next meeting's date.

Meeting: Transcription 101, Reading

Coming in early 2016, there will be a transcription 101 meeting in Reading. Speakers will be talking about freelance work, as well as how they do things in an education environment. There will also hopefully be a Canute available at the meeting, so testing can be arranged with those in the Reading area. We'll let you know the date and full details when we have them confirmed.

Calling Braillists in Worcestershire, West Midlands and Beyond

New College Worcester, Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford and Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham are just some examples of organisations doing great work to teach and produce Braille to high standards. However, we are sure there are many others in the same region with an equally strong interest in the value of Braille. Through the Braillists, An opportunity exists to share expertise, develop skills and grow relationships between Braille enthusiasts.

If you would like to connect with Braillists in Worcestershire, the West Midlands and surrounding areas, please contact Dave Williams. Email or call 03335552084 (calls charged at your local rate and normally included in bundled minutes).

Funding Won!

Skipton Building Society has donated £500 to the Braillists to help promote our group's growth as a pro-active force for promoting Braille use. It comes at a perfect time, with our renewed focus on projects, and it is great to have their support.

Newsletter and Forum subscriptions

Our newsletter now reaches more than 250 subscribers! We're still small and would like to reach more of the community so if you know someone who would be interested do let them know. The easiest way is through the sign up form on our website.

We also run a friendly forum that discusses our projects and other Braille related news. By signing up you'll be better informed of the latest happenings in Braille and have a voice in our online community. To get it directly in your inbox simply reply to this email, send an email to or go to the web form here. It's still fairly low volume so you won't get inundated but you can easily control how many emails you receive or unsubscribe at any time. Alternatively you can read it online through our website.

Please let us know of any problems signing up to the newsletter or forum. We've recently resolved an issue with CAPTCHA fields and screen-readers/Braille devices on our Newsletter sign up form but can only do this if we're aware of the problem. Just email

We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, a happy New Year, and very much look forward to your input on more, exciting Braille developments in 2017.

Best regards,

The Braillists Team
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