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
Apologies for Masterclass Registration Issues
We wish to apologise to anyone who received a “registration closed” error whilst attempting to register for our Computer Braille Masterclass last week.
During the weekend of 18 September, Zoom introduced a new feature to limit the maximum number of registrants for a meeting. This appears to have been toggled on for all meetings by default, with a limit equivalent to the maximum number of participants allowed on the host account. Since not everyone attends every session, there are more people registered for our Masterclasses than the maximum number of allowed participants, and hence no further registrations were being accepted. Unfortunately, however, Zoom did not inform us of this change and we only identified the issue yesterday afternoon.
We have now reverted the change and disabled registration limits for our Masterclasses. We have subsequently tested the registration page and everything appears to be working as normal again.
We will publish the recording of the Computer Braille Masterclass no later than Monday 4 October 2021, and would encourage everyone who was unable to register to visit the Media page or subscribe to the Braillecast podcast to obtain this recording.
Once again, please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused, and rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that such problems do not occur again in the future.
A Message From Capita: We are now accepting applications for braille markers
Capita is a delivery partner of the Department for Education’s Standards and Testing Agency; with the responsibility to manage the administration and processing for primary school national curriculum assessment tests in England. We are looking to recruit a number of braille and transcriber markers to mark key stage 1 and 2 tests scripts in May and June 2022.
Joining this year’s cohort of key stage 1 and 2 markers provides a great opportunity for professional development and can foster better understanding of the national curriculum test processes and procedures.
Markers will be paid for their time and be able to work remotely: You must have the following qualifications an experience to be eligible to apply:
- Relevant qualification in Unified English Braille;
- have qualified teacher status with a minimum of one full academic year’s teaching (preferably at primary school).
To find out more and apply, please complete a short online expression of interest, by 31 December at: https://capita-sta.co.uk/
Published on 17th August
How many listeners remember Talks? The popular screen reader for Series 60 and other phones running the Symbian operating system. It first came to the market in the early 2000s, and perhaps its most well-known proponent in the UK was Steve Nutt, the man behind Computer Room Services. His expertise when it comes to mobile phones is unparalleled and, unphased by the slow demise of Symbian, he's now just as well-known for his knowledge of Android.
There's more to Steve than phones though. His company offers assistive technology training and consultancy; braille transcription; and sells a wide range of products including digital audio recorders, talking gadgets, talking book machines, speech synthesizers and other assistive software and, most notably for this podcast, an assortment of braille products. In addition to flagship displays from VisioBraille and Esys, he also sells the full range of leather cases from Executive Products, including a case for the popular Orbit Reader 20.
Call Computer Room Services: 01438 742286
Also In This Episode
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Free Slates, Styluses and Forming Blocks Still Available!
We still have some A4 braille frames, styluses and 8-cell braille word forming blocks 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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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