Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation
No Braille Bar on Tuesday
It’s half term in many regions of the UK next week and, as such, we have decided to take a week’s break from our Tuesday evening sessions. This means that there will be no Braille Bar on Tuesday 26 October.
There will, however, be a session on Tuesday 2 November as usual.
RNIB Looking for Braille Display Users to Take Part in Gaming Research
Last week, RNIB launched a new piece of work on Accessible Gaming. As the first step, they are conducting an online survey to gather some headline data on people’s experiences of playing screen based games. In addition to those which are traditionally perceived as high action video games, their research includes word and number games, puzzles, crosswords, strategy games and any other game which could feasibly be played on a computer or smartphone, and at least some of these are likely to be playable using a braille display.
The outcomes from this survey will define RNIB’s work on accessible gaming and they would really like to hear from people across different age groups, interests and with different sight conditions on how they feel about playing screen-based games with vision impairment.
In their initial focus scoping groups, they had some interesting discussions with Braille display users and then again during the pilot study. They sensed a strong interest in gaming and, following that, they agreed that the study should explore the requirements for all modalities including audio, haptics and Braille.
For more information or to take the survey, please see the article on the RNIB website.
Published on 22nd October
Perhaps you're thinking about learning braille, but don't know whether it's worth it. Maybe you learnt braille as a child, but haven't used it since. You might know braille and want to use it in your daily life, but can't work out where it will fit. Or you could be bamboozled by braille technology, gadgets and gizmos.
A panel of passionate braillists met in front of a live audience on Tuesday 12 October 2021 to celebrate National Braille Week. They explored how to overcome common obstacles faced by people who could benefit from reading by touch, sharing 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. The audience also had the opportunity to ask questions and contribute their own tips and suggestions.
Laurent Cadet de Fontenay
Resources Mentioned in this Episode
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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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