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Your Weekly Update from the Braillists Foundation

Braille Bar on Tuesday

Our popular Braille Bar returns on Tuesday at 7:30 PM. No registration required – just turn up and ask your braille questions.

Join the Braille Bar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88035088878?pwd=NHdkR2s1aDZsV1RCUmpQNWh3YWNaQT09

Two Masterclasses on Reading in November

We’re delighted to announce that Sean Randall will be joining us for both of our Masterclasses in November to talk about leisure reading using refreshable braille displays. Sean is something of a computing and IT mastermind and now works at New College Worcester, training many of their students in the use of assistive technology including screen readers and braille displays.

In the first of the two sessions, taking place on Tuesday 9 November at 7:30 PM, he will discuss the various braille devices available to consumers. The benefits of a Brilliant over an Orbit, a Canute over a BrailleNote and so on.

He’ll then proceed to go into specific libraries and sources of materials, to include:

  • RNIB: reading Services, Bookshare and NTNM
  • The Seeing Ear National Accessible Library
  • Bibles for the Blind

The second session, at the same time on Tuesday 23 November, will cover sources of reading material that are more mainstream in nature, including apps or specialist software used to read. These will include:

  • Amazon Kindle
  • Apple Books
  • Local libraries
  • Smaller publishers (e.g. Smashwords

You can register for either of these sessions using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpcO-sqzktG9TvgYRqSttK4_cqV7zNAiby

N.B. this is the same registration form as for our usual Masterclasses – the link just looks a little different because of some technical changes. If you have already registered for our Masterclasses, you do not need to register again.

For anyone keeping track of the fortnightly schedule, we realise that it has slipped a week and apologise for any inconvenience. As November is a five-Tuesday month, we will be back in sync by December.

Latest Podcast: Improving Reading Speed and Building Braille Mastery with Kit Aronoff (Episode 32)

Published on 25th October

It's a question we get asked all the time – how can I read braille more quickly? To answer it, we were delighted to be joined on Tuesday 19 October by Kit Aronoff of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and founder of Main Line Accessibility Consulting. Kit has a background in elementary education and, using principals of teaching literacy to emerging readers and articles from the National Federation of the Blind, she has developed a series of strategies which are sure to benefit even the most competent of braillists.

Our Chairman Dave Williams led the discussion, and he started by asking Kit to describe her braille learning journey.

Resources
  • Braille Together Mingle is organised by the American Council of the Blind. For more information, email brl@earthlink.net
e032.mp3 97.3 MB

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 equipment@braillists.org 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

Passcode: 123456

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

Passcode: 123456

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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