Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

This Tuesday: Drawing Pictures with your Perkins

In our last Masterclass before the Christmas break, we’re delighted to be joined by Kim Charlson, Executive Director of the Perkins Library (part of Perkins School for the Blind). Kim is author of the book “Drawing with your Perkins Brailler”, which includes step-by-step directions for creating 36 different drawings including shapes, animals and subjects with holiday and transportation themes.

In this Tuesday’s session, she will use a drawing of a Christmas tree to explain the concepts behind using braille cells to create pictures. Bring a Perkins and some paper and follow along and, by the end of the session, you will have your very own frilly Christmas tree made entirely of braille dots!

You can register for this session using the following link:

To join by telephone, please use these details:

  • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
  • Meeting ID 824 7645&nbsdp;2710
  • Passcode 123456

Equipment All Taken

Thank you to everyone who took advantage of our offer of free braille equipment. We unfortunately no longer have stock of any items, but if you would be interested in us acquiring more, please write to

Notice of Christmas Holiday

We will be taking a break over the festive period. Our final session will be the Book Club on Thursday 16 December, and we will restart with a special event for World Braille Day on Tuesday 4 January. Newsletters will accordingly be paused.

We hope you all have a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2022.

Latest Podcast: Focus Braille Displays, ElBraille and JAWS 2022 (Episode 36)

Published on 30th November

Freedom Scientific is perhaps best known for its popular JAWS screen reader, but it also manufactures the Focus line of refreshable braille displays. The first generation of these well-known units was released in the early 2000s, and now the fifth generation is available in 14, 40 and 80-cell configurations, with the 40-cell version being an integral part of the ElBraille from Elita Group. To tell us more, I'm joined by Ron Miller, Blindness Hardware Product Specialist at Vispero.

UK Pricing

All products available from Sight and Sound Technology Ltd and all prices given ex VAT.Focus 14 £1275 Focus 40 £2950 Focus 80 £7850 ElBraille 40 £1535 with Intel M3 or £1825 with Intel I5

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Find out more at

There’s Still Time to Register for Braille for Beginners

Do you want to learn the basics of braille but not quite sure where to start? Have you attempted to learn previously but not quite managed or finding that you’re getting a bit rusty? Perhaps you know someone who wants to learn braille but isn’t aware of the Braillists?

No matter the reason we’ll be making sure everyone feels welcome in the third edition of our popular Braille for Beginners course, taking place over 8 Tuesdays starting on 11 January. It is free to attend and if you give us your address when registering we’ll even pop some learning resources in the post free of charge to help you follow along with our new, custom learning curriculum. We’ll also be providing support between sessions through a dedicated email discussion group and regular contact with our tutor Mel.

If you would like to learn more or register for the course, visit

Links and Meeting IDs for our Regular Events


Registration Link
Telephone Number
0131 460 1196
Meeting ID
824 7645 2710

Braille Bar

Join Link
Telephone Number
0131 460 1196
Meeting ID
880 3508 8878

Book Club

Join Link
Telephone Number
0131 460 1196
Meeting ID
893 5322 0947

For more information, visit To join by phone, refer to the instructions at Our events are carefully moderated in line with our policy at Note that all events take place in the UK and are listed in UK time.

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