Dear fellow Braillist,
We’d like to invite you to join our new Braille Bar session this evening, Monday 13 April, from 7PM UK time*.
At the Braillists, we know Braille literacy is often linked with independence and opportunity amongst blind people. Braille can be about freeing your ears, finding your voice and building confidence. While we may have limited access to Braille library books or Braille tuition at the moment, the Braillists community is here to help.
Do you want to learn Braille but are unsure where to begin? Are you familiar with Braille but think your Braille skills could use a polish? Are you a keen Braille reader wanting to connect with other Braille enthusiasts? Are you seeking tips for using a piece of Braille equipment?
Our Braille Bar sessions are an opportunity to share tips and advice, brush up on skills and talk with other Braille users, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced Braillist. We’ll be repeating the sessions on Monday evenings at 7PM every week, so we hope to build a real community around the Braille Bar.
You can join us via Zoom from 7PM UK at https://zoom.us/j/92248330901?pwd=M25IOW1BVFZ2TmN1NTNQSkx0U2piZz09.
You can also join us by telephone by calling +44 203 481 5240 and entering meeting ID 922-4833-0901 when prompted. Please note this is a different link and meeting ID to the one we use for our mindfulness and stay safe, stay connected sessions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to talking to you in the Zoom room later!
With warm regards,
The Braillists Team
Daylight saving time has now started in the United Kingdom, so UK time is now one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Please check carefully if you are joining us from another time zone.