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Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

Next Tuesday: the most inexpensive Braille reading setup in the world? Introducing Braille on the Amazon Fire tablet

Over the years blind people have benefitted from incredible enhancements in the fields of electronic Braille and accessibility in general. In fact, it’s now possible to purchase a fully accessible Amazon Fire tablet for under £50, which pared with an inexpensive Braille display such as an Orbit Reader and Amazons Kindle store which offers access to quite literally hundreds of thousands of digital books makes for an incredibly cost-effective Braille reading setup. But how does it work? Join us on Tuesday 15 June to find out.

In this master class we’ll be providing a general overview of the Fire tablet, the basics of setting it up, how to connect a Braille display and how to navigate the device using it. We’ll then purchase a book from the Kindle store and walk you through how to read it on your Braille display.

If you’ve registered for our second series of Masterclasses (from April onwards) you don’t need to register again. You will receive a separate email with joining information before the session starts. Otherwise, to register for our Fire OS session, please use this link: https://is.gd/RUH5vc.

Braille Music Drop-In on Clubhouse

Friend of the Braillists Stuart Lawler, from Dublin, is back on Clubhouse with a braille music drop-in session at 8:00 PM on Monday 14 June.

Join the session here: https://www.clubhouse.com/event/xBlYy9V2

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 braillists.org/media or via the Braillecast podcast.

To request your free equipment, please email Stephanie on equipment@braillists.org 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

Passcode: 123456

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

Passcode: 123456

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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