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Braillecast is the official podcast of the Braillists Foundation, celebrating braille and connecting the dots for braillists everywhere. It features exclusive interviews, independent reviews, comprehensive demonstrations, clear presentations, thought-provoking commentary and up-to-the-minute braille news.

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Here's a quick rundown of new episodes published this month:

Braille in the Kitchen (Extra 26)

Published on 7th June
This week’s Masterclass has a more low tech flavour as we take a wander into the heart of the household. If you’ve ever wondered how to read braille recipes without ruining them or what to do when the label is too big for the jar, this session is for you. Emma Williams led the session ... Read more

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Braille Music: Let’s Tackle the Basics, Session 2 (Extra 25)

Published on 1st June
In this session, we covered: Rests: quaver, crotchet, minim, semibreve and dotted versions of the above Clef signs: treble (G) and bass (F) Octave signs and their use Interval signs and their use A mid-month clinic will take place on Monday 14 June at 8:00 PM in the UK and Ireland. The next teaching session ... Read more

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An Introduction to Braille on Android (Extra 24)

Published on 24th May
If you’re a blind Android user, you’re bound to have come across Steve Nutt at Computer Room Services. He’s blind himself, been in the accessible smartphone business for over 20 years, and has a vast amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to using smartphones with braille displays. We’re delighted that he joined us ... Read more

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New Braille Displays and Firmware Updates from HumanWare (Episode 26)

Published on 17th May
You don’t have to have been in the blindness community very long to have come across HumanWare and their two flagship brands: Victor Reader and BrailleNote. Indeed, on the second episode of this podcast, we talked extensively about the BrailleNote Touch, which has since been succeeded by the BrailleNote Touch Plus. BrailleNote is not the ... Read more

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What is a BRF and Why would you Want one? (Extra 23)

Published on 10th May
We’re starting to hear more and more about BRF files. They’re the default braille format on platforms such as RNIB Reading Services; they’re regularly used in the transcription industry to share braille versions of documents between producers; and notetaker users have used them to transfer files from one brand of braille device to another. But ... Read more

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Braille Music: Let’s Tackle the Basics! (Extra 22)

Published on 3rd May
Topics covered in this session: Debunking some myths Notes and note values – quavers, crotchets, minims, semibreves and dotted notes Sharp, flat and natural signs Time signatures and their placement – 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, common time, 6/8, 9/8 Key signatures and their placement – D major (2 sharps), A major (3 sharps), B major (5 ... Read more

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How to Choose your Braille Display (Extra 21)

Published on 26th April
We were delighted to be joined by renowned braille display expert Jackie Brown. Jackie is a freelance writer, regular reviewer of braille technology, and author of “Braille ON Display” (published by Mosen Consulting), a comprehensive comparison of braile displays and guide to choosing the right one. On Tuesday 20 April 2021, Jackie talked us through ... Read more

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Dr Robert Englebretson on the International Phonetic Alphabet (Episode 25)

Published on 19th April
Based in Houston, Texas, Dr Robert Englebretson is widely recognised for his contribution to braille research. In 2008, his work on updating the Braille International Phonetic Alphabet was published by the International Council on English Braille, and in 2019 the Braille Authority of North America made him a recipient of the Darleen Bogart Braille Excellence ... Read more

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What has the Federation ever done for Us? with Everette Bacon (Extra 20)

Published on 12th April
On Friday 28 August 2020, Everette Bacon joined a Braillists Foundation Stay Safe: Stay Connected call to talk about how the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) promotes braille literacy across the United States. Everette is a member of the Board of Directors of NFB and President of the Utah State Division. He told us ... Read more

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