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Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

Next Tuesday: A Panel Discussion on Teaching Braille

It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month on Tuesday, and we’re doing something a bit different:

We will be hosting a panel discussion with a number of braille education experts. We’ll explore the differences between teaching braille to children and adults, how braille education has changed, and the most impactful techniques for teaching braille.

The list of questions will be derived from a lively discussion currently taking place on our Forum. If you’re not on the Forum, but you’d like to submit a question, please email it to help@braillists.org by 9:00 AM on Monday.

To join the discussion on Tuesday, please use the same link as our Masterclasses. If you’ve registered for a Masterclass since April, you’ll receive a reminder email in the usual way.

If you haven’t, but you’d like to register for this session, please register here: https://is.gd/RUH5vc.

This session will be recorded and archived in the usual way. However, as there will be a few more speakers than usual, it might take us a bit longer to process it. We anticipate the recording being made available by 19 July at the latest. We appreciate your patience.

Braille Music: Let’s tackle the basics! Session 3

Friend of the Braillists Stuart Lawler, from Dublin, began pioneering a new initiative to support the learning of braille music, using the Clubhouse social network, in April.

Sessions run for 45 minutes with time at the end for questions and general discussion. They take place at 8:00 PM UK time on the last Monday of each month. No prior knowledge of Braille Music is necessary, and the sessions are aimed at those with little or no knowledge of the music code.

You can join the third session on Monday at 8 pm here: https://www.clubhouse.com/event/xnX6Lo9X

Connecting the Dots: Introduction to Refreshable Braille Displays from the Access Accademy, American Printing House for the Blind

At 6:00 PM UK time on Wednesday 30 June, APH will help you connect the dots!

Join braille product expert William Freeman for this in-depth exploration of refreshable braille displays. He’ll cover the very basics from using local apps to an introduction to using a braille display with the most popular screen readers. If you’re a teacher, you’ll also learn how to select an appropriate display for your student and troubleshoot common issues.

Register for the APH braille displays session here: https://aph.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PrCsy5KKRaygiLZaFq1jEA?timezone_id=Europe%2FLondon

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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