Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation
Braille: Connecting the Dots in 2021
Are you thinking about learning braille, but dont’ know whether it’s worth it? Did you learn braille as a child, but haven’t used it since? Do you know braille and want to use it in your daily life, but can’t work out where it will fit? Are you bamboozled by braille technology, gadgets and gizmos?
Join our panel of passionate Braillists to explore how to overcome common obstacles faced by people who could benefit from reading by touch. You will hear a diverse range of perspectives from braille learners to braille experts, technology enthusiasts to people who just need to get on at home or in the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute your own tips and suggestions.
We’ll be starting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 12 October. The link for this event is different to usual, so you will need to re-register. This is a quick and easy process, but if you get stuck, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will process the registration for you.
Register for Connecting the Dots in 2021 here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcuCppj0vHNY35tbIeyesSozi8V43DFcT
We hope you will join us as we celebrate national Braille week.
Do Something Different for National Braille Week
What are you doing to promote braille? Or, more importantly, what could you do to promote braille that you’re not doing already?
We’ve had landmark successes over the years, such as making it a legal requirement to include braille on bleach and pharmaceutical products.
We’ve also seen successes which feel smaller in isolation, but which nonetheless have a big impact. Many more restaurants have braille menus now compared with 20 years ago. Braille signage in public places is more commonplace, even if sometimes it’s attached upside down!
There are undoubtedly personal successes too. Maybe you’ve built braille labelling into your routines, or someone’s sent you a braille birthday card for the first time.
Wherever you are on your braille journey, we’re inviting you to do something you wouldn’t usually do to promote braille this National Braille Week. The more creative, the better!
And if you can think of something by Tuesday evening, be sure to come to our Connecting the Dots event and share it with us!
National Braille Week Lunchtime Discussion with Sight and Sound Technology, UKAAF and the Braillists Foundation, Tuesday 12 October at 12:30 PM
Can you imagine a world without braille? Can you think about how braille has impacted positively on your life, or on the lives of people with whom you work? Maybe you’re a family member or a friend of a braille user and you’ve seen first-hand how this revolutionary code has made a difference.
These are the topics of a lunchtime meeting from Sight and Sound Technology to celebrate National Braille Week, collaborating with great friends and colleagues from UKAAF (the UK Association for Accessible Formats) and the Braillists Foundation. The panel will talk not only about their own use of braille in their personal and professional lives, but we will actively be encouraging audience input – we want to hear your braille stories and experiences.
In short, if you are passionate about braille and want to shout it from the rooftops, this lunchtime event is most certainly for you!
Register here to attend the lunchtime discussion from Sight and Sound: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5dj-kdPKRwWg_oH0yoTrOQ
Published on 4th October
Dave Williams, Chairman of the Braillists, explored how to use braille displays with various combinations of screen reader and web browser, unpicked some of the jargon that appears on the display, and explained how to navigate without a QWERTY keyboard or touch screen.
This session was recorded on Tuesday 7 September 2021. For further information please visit the Braillists Foundation Media Page.
Find out more at braillecast.com
Free Slates and Styluses Still Available!
We still have some A4 braille frames and styluses 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 braillists.org/media or via the Braillecast podcast.
To request your free equipment, please email Stephanie on email@example.com 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 braillists.org/braille/consumables 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: https://is.gd/RUH5vc
Meeting ID: 824 7645 2710
Braille Bar, Second and Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 7:30 PM
Join Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88035088878?pwd=NHdkR2s1aDZsV1RCUmpQNWh3YWNaQT09
Meeting ID: 880 3508 8878
Book Club, every Thursday at 6:00 PM
Join Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89353220947
Meeting ID: 893 5322 0947
For more information, visit braillists.org/events. To join by phone, refer to the instructions at braillists.org/events/instructions. Our events are carefully moderated in line with our policy at braillists.org/events/moderation. Note that all events take place in the UK and are listed in UK time.
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