What a week it’s been! We hope you’ve enjoyed National Braille Week as much as we have, hearing so many empowering stories of how people are using braille in their day-to-day lives. We came across so many articles during the week and we’ve included some of them at the end of this newsletter.
Particular thanks to everyone who came to our “Connecting the Dots” event on Tuesday evening. The recording is in the final stages of being edited and will be published via the Braillecast podcast at 7:00 AM on Monday.
The braille doesn’t stop here though! We have an extremely exciting Masterclass coming up on Tuesday, and we’re restarting Braille for Beginners in January – please tell as many people as you can about both of these events, and let’s keep promoting braille!
Does Your Reading Speed Require Improvement?
If so, come to our Masterclass on Tuesday (19 October) at 7:30 PM.
We’re delighted to be joined by Kit Aronoff of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and founder of Main Line Accessibility Consulting. Kit has a background in elementary education and is passionate about building braille mastery. Using principals of teaching literacy to emerging readers and articles from the National Federation of the Blind, Kit has developed a series of strategies which are sure to benefit even the most compitent of braillists.
If you’re already registered for our Masterclasses, you don’t need to register again. If not, you can register for Tuesday’s session here.
We’re sure you will agree that this is a session not to be missed.
Pioneering UK Charity Announces Opportunities for Remote Braille Tuition
The Braillists Foundation is thrilled to announce that it is now accepting registrations for its third “Braille for Beginners” course, which will take place over eight Tuesdays at 6:00 PM starting on 11 January 2022. This innovative and accessible programme will equip blind and partially sighted adults with the skills to read and write braille letters, numbers and punctuation, promoting unparalleled levels of independence and raising their confidence and self-esteem.
Dave Williams, Chairman of the Braillists and himself blind since birth, said: “For me, there is no greater privilege than being able to read bedtime stories to my son. Without braille, I’m certain I would not be able to do this. I’m therefore delighted that we are able to mark National Braille Week at the Braillists by unlocking the world of reading by touch for so many people who have never had the opportunity before.”
The course, which will take place on Zoom with a telephone dial-in option for those with limited or no access to the internet, will be delivered by a highly qualified tutor with extensive experience of teaching braille to adults who are losing their sight, and is offered at no charge. Required resources will be provided by post or download, and peer support and 1:1 assistance from the tutor will be available by email between sessions.
Further details and the registration form can be found at www.braillists.org/beginners
Lunchtime Discussion Recording Now Available
The lunchtime discussion with Sight and Sound technology held last Tuesday is now available for on-demand listening. Find it on Youtube here.
Learning braille later in life
In this special episode of the Blind Spot podcast for National Braille Week, Thomas Pocklington Trusts Technology Manager Darren Paskell speaks to braille teacher Norma Williams about learning braille in later life. Listen to the podcast here.
Why I Learned Braille As An Adult, by Nathan Tree
This article was written for last yhear’s National Braille Week, but it was so good that we thought we’d share it again. Read it on the Look UK website.
Words from a Previous Braille for Beginners Participant
We were touch to have been featured in an article on Build Back Ever Better, written by Tim Dixon, a previous Braille for Beginners participant. Read Tim’s article here.
Recognition Received from London Vision
We are “the go to braille people” and “the UK’s biggest braille cheerleaders”, according to a new article from London Vision. Read it here.
Published on 11th October
What is computer braille? Are there different flavours? What are all the signs? Why would you want to use it? Is it still relevant now that we have UEB?
The latest occasional Masterclass from RNIB’s braille expert James Bowden answered all of these questions and more.
This session was recorded on Tuesday 21 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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