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Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

Next Tuesday: Getting the Braille You Need at Work and University

This session will cover how to obtain braille through the Access To Work and Disabled Students Allowance schemes. We will cover how to advocate for the braille you need and what options you have. We will also look at advocating for braille textbooks and braille signage in work or education.

If you’d like to join us, and you’ve already joined us for one of our Tuesday evening Masterclasses in 2021, you don’t need to register again. You will receive a reminder email on the day with joining information, so don’t worry if you’ve lost your link.

Otherwise, if you’re joining us for the first time, please register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceivqz8rGtbEERfYGlXFSR2eIqx-oc9o

If this time isn’t convenient for you, fear not: all sessions in this series will be recorded and made available at: https://www.braillists.org/media

They will also be published via our Braillecast podcast – simply search for “Braillecast” in your podcast client of choice, or ask your smart speaker to “play Braillecast”. We are also available on the Victor Reader range of DAISY players and the internet radios from British Wireless for the Blind.

Our Book Club Now Has an Advanced Group!

For some time now, we’ve been running our Book Club on a Thursday at 6:00 PM. The idea is that anyone who wants to improve their braille reading can come along, read a page or two of a book to the rest of the group, and get help from other fellow members when they get stuck.

The current book is “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo, available in both grades 1 and 2 on the latest Orbit Reader SD card, and also available in hard copy via the RNIB library.

Numbers have been steadily increasing over time and, as such, we’re now able to divide people up according to reading speed – so quicker readers don’t feel held back, and more leisurely readers can keep reading at a pace that suits them. The two groups are called “Intermediate” and “Advanced” and, thanks to the magic of Breakout Rooms in Zoom, they both take place simultaneously using the same Meeting ID and join link.

When you come for the first time, you’ll be asked which group you’d like to join. If you’re not sure, you can always join one group and switch to the other one the following week if you think it would suit you better.

Everyone is made to feel extremely welcome, and there’s an opportunity for the two groups to meet together at the start and end of each session.

So whether you’ve given us a try before but didn’t get on with the format, or you’ve never heard of the Book Club before but think it sounds like something you’d enjoy, please consider joining us on Thursday at 6:00 PM GMT. Sessions last an hour and can be joined by computer, smartphone, tablet or telephone.

The Zoom Meeting ID is: 893 5322 0947
Join Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89353220947

We look forward to seeing you!

Claim your Free Braille Equipment!

We believe every blind person has the right to the tools they need to read and write braille.

So we're excited that we're offering free braille reading, writing and learning equipment for you, whether you're an expert or a beginner. If you are interested in attending a master-class, or have done in the past, then in exchange we can send you some of the kit below. (N.B. grant conditions currently limit this to the UK and Ireland.)

  • A4 braille frame.
  • Stylus.
  • Samples of A4 braille paper.
  • 8-cell braille word forming block (for learners).
  • Tactile abacus.

For introductions to using this kit, please see recordings of our previous master-classes, available at braillists.org/media or via the Braillecast podcast.

To claim your equipment, or apply on someone else's behalf, email equipment@braillists.org or telephone 020 3893 3392 with the following:

  • Request which of the above to send and which not to send.
  • Confirm that you or the recipient are interested in attending our Braille master-classes, by telephone or Zoom.
  • Confirm the British or Irish postal address. As the package is too large to go through a standard letter-box, please give us directions as to where to leave it, should you not be in.
  • You can keep kit as long as you like. However please confirm that this equipment will not be resold and that you or the recipient are happy to donate it to another braille reader when/if it is no longer wanted (or post it back to the Braillists).

Postage dates depend on stocks so please be patient. For data protection reasons, your address will only be held by our partner, Vision Through Sound, and will not be seen by other Braillists members. 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

Braille For Beginners, every Monday at 7:00 PM until 29 March. 841 9618 7503 or register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsfu-ppjwvGteUgYHNMNSvhxseX3y8DOjh

Book Club, every Thursday at 6:00 PM. 893 5322 0947 or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89353220947

Open Forum, every Friday at 6:00 PM. 848 9405 0254 or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84894050254

For more information, visit braillists.org/events. None of our Zoom events have a password. 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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