Dear fellow Braillist,
We'd love you to join us for our second Braille Bar session taking place this evening, Monday 20th April, from 7 PM UK time*.
This week, Jenny will be helping us brush up our Braille skills. Whether you're learning Braille for the first time, or want to return after a few years gap, this session will equip you with the skills you need to become a more confident Braillists. Jenny will be basing the course on the popular RNIB "Fingerprints" syllabus. There'll be plenty of chances to ask questions and share tips, as well as a short quiz.
We'll be hosting these sessions with Jenny at 7 PM on Monday evenings every week, so we hope to build a real feeling of community around the Braille Bar. Although we're aiming this evenings session at beginner to intermediate Braillists, we hope that all Braillists can come away from the meeting having learned something new.
*7 PM UK time is 18:00UTC, please check the time carefully if you are joining us from outside the UK
We want to ensure all our Braillists activities are a safe space for the community to come together, so for everyone's peace of mind, we've introduced a new online meeting moderation policy for our Zoom calls. We'll be keeping this policy constantly under review over the coming weeks.
First, we want to remind all our users that our calls are semi-public spaces, so you should refrain from sharing any sensitive personal information. As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn't post something publicly on social media, you shouldn't mention it on the call. We'd also like to ask that you respect the privacy of others by not making audio recordings of any of our sessions.
We'd also like to remind particularly users of text to speech software that other users may, at times, be able to hear your screen reader. Therefore, we recommend you avoid accessing private, sensitive or potentially offensive content using speech while connected to our calls. Wherever possible, you should use headphones or a Braille display while using text to speech.
We've taken the following steps to ensure that everyone can have a safe and productive experience while using our services:
- We've introduced a waiting room. You may experience a short delay while we screen users before accepting you into the call.
- By default, we're muting all users audio when they join the call. If you wish to speak, you can attract a hosts attention by raising your hand. You can do this by pressing ALT + Y on Windows or Option + Y on macOS. On IOS, you should click the option to raise your hand under the "more options" menu, or you can use the * key followed by the number 9 if you are joining us by telephone. A host will then unmute your microphone and allow you to speak.
- We've disabled the text chat window.
- We've turned off settings inside Zoom that allow users to share their screen, set a virtual background (broadcast an image via their webcam) and change their name manually.
We'll be mentioning this policy at the start of all our calls. We'll also be reviewing this policy regularly over the coming weeks. If we do need to make any changes, we will communicate them via the website, on our mailing list, on our social media, and via our email list.
If you have any concerns relating to safeguarding or moderation while using the Braillists Zoom room, please contact email@example.com.
We look forward to talking to you in the Zoom room later!
With warm regards,
The Braillists Team