Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

Using Braille on the Internet

We’re delighted to announce our first Masterclass after our summer break: Using Braille on the Internet. Dave Williams, Chairman of the Braillists, will explore how to use braille displays with various combinations of screen reader and web browser, unpick some of the jargon that appears on the display, and explain how to navigate without a QWERTY keyboard or touch screen.

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Later in the month, we’re planning an exciting session about improving reading speed – watch this space for more information – and we’re also planning a session on computer braille and a folow-up to our Masterclass on Using Braille with iOS. If you have ideas for future Masterclasses, please send them to

The Book Club has Started New Books!

Many long-term readers of this Newsletter will already be familiar with the Book Club. For those who aren’t, it meets every Thursday at 6:00 PM for an hour and is divided into three breakout groups based on braille reading proficiency. Members take it in turns to read and support each other with the ups and downs of mastering the braille code.

The three books being read over the next few weeks are:

  • Beginners: Paddington Turns Detective and Other Funny Stories, by Michael Bond
    Available in grades 1 and 2, double line spacing from the RNIB Library, archive numbers br25991903 (grade 2) and br25991905 (grade 1)
    Found in the “Children Stories 1” (grade 2) and “Children G1” (grade 1) folders of the RNIB Orbit Reader SD card
  • Intermediate: Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
    Available in grade 2, single line spacing from the RNIB Library, archive number br26499903
    Found in the “Classic” folder of the RNIB Orbit Reader SD card (grade 2 only, note the title is written in words (beginning with “n”) and not in figures)
  • Advanced: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick
    Available in grade 2, single line spacing from the RNIB Library, archive number br25711903
    Found in the “Humorous Fiction” folder of the RNIB Orbit Reader SD card (grade 2 only)

If you’re interested in reading any of these books, please feel free to join. The group is very friendly and always welcomes new members.

You don’t need to register in advance – just use this Zoom link at 6:00 PM on Thursday:

Book Club:

Latest Podcast: Braille Displays and Other Products from Computer Room Services (Episode 30)

Published on 17th August

How many listeners remember Talks? The popular screen reader for Series 60 and other phones running the Symbian operating system. It first came to the market in the early 2000s, and perhaps its most well-known proponent in the UK was Steve Nutt, the man behind Computer Room Services. His expertise when it comes to mobile phones is unparalleled and, unphased by the slow demise of Symbian, he's now just as well-known for his knowledge of Android. There's more to Steve than phones though. His company offers assistive technology training and consultancy; braille transcription; and sells a wide range of products including digital audio recorders, talking gadgets, talking book machines, speech synthesizers and other assistive software and, most notably for this podcast, an assortment of braille products. In addition to flagship displays from VisioBraille and Esys, he also sells the full range of leather cases from Executive Products, including a case for the popular Orbit Reader 20. Call Computer Room Services: 01438 742286 Also In This Episode
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Free Slates, Styluses and Forming Blocks Still Available!

We still have some A4 braille frames, styluses and 8-cell braille word forming blocks to give away to anyone living in the UK or Ireland. All we ask is that, if we send you some equipment and you decide you no longer want it, you agree to give it away rather than selling it.

For introductions to using this kit, please see recordings of our previous Masterclasses, available at or via the Braillecast podcast.

To request your free equipment, please email Stephanie on or call her on 020 3893 3392. Please be sure to include your postal address when you write to her, otherwise she won’t know where to send it!

Paper for the A4 hand frame can be obtained from a number of suppliers – please see the page at for more information.

N.B. logistics are being handled by our partner, Vision Through Sound CIC. Your data will therefore be held by them in addition to the Braillists Foundation. However, please be assured that they will only use your data in order to dispatch Braillists Foundation products and will not use it for their own marketting purposes.

If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can ask on the Braillists’ email forum for advice on similar resources in your country.

Links and Meeting IDs for our Regular Events

Masterclasses, First and Third Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM

Registration Link:

Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710

Passcode: 123456

Braille Bar, Second and Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM

Join Link:

Meeting ID: 880 3508 8878

Passcode: 123456

Book Club, every Thursday at 6:00 PM

Join Link:

Meeting ID: 893 5322 0947

For more information, visit To join by phone, refer to the instructions at Our events are carefully moderated in line with our policy at Note that all events take place in the UK and are listed in UK time.

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