Good afternoon,

In this newsletter:
  • Join us on Twitter and the forum
  • Today 6PM: Clever Cooking
  • Friday 22nd 6PM: Stay Safe Stay Connected
  • Monday 25th 7PM Braille for Beginners and UEB
  • Latest BrailleCast episode released
  • Pocket Braille frames for £5
  • Results of the survey and raffle



We've decided to reduce the number of emails we send to our mailing list. From today, we'll be sending one update email a week including all our upcoming meetings and items we feel might be of interest to the community.

For up to the minute reminders and news, we recommend you follow the Braillists on twitter (@braillists). You'll also find our schedule on our website (, and you can visit our forum at, where we discuss the latest Braille news and innovations from around the world.


You can join all our meetings at You can also join us by telephone by calling +44 203 481 5240 and entering meeting ID 227 981 901 when prompted. A few people have reported having difficulties following the links in our emails (this may be due to the software we use to send them).

If the link doesn't work for you, the link at should. You can also enter meeting ID 227 981 901 in your Zoom client to join the meeting manually. 
Please note that Monday's Braille for beginners lesson will now use the same link as our other sessions.

NB: All time are in BST, which is UTC+1. So for example 6PM is 17:00 UTC. Please check the time carefully if you are joining us from another time zone!

Wednesday the 20th of May, 6 PM: Clever cooking  

Join Emma and Liam to discuss accessible recipes and techniques in the kitchen. This Wednesday, we'll be finding out how people got on with the bread recipe we shared last week.

Emma will also be talking about her experiences with the instant pot pressure cooker, and there'll be a chance to share what you've been cooking over the last week with the group!

Friday the 22nd of May, 6 PM: Stay Safe, Stay Connected

Here in the UK, the government is starting to relax some measures put in place to protect us against COVID-19. As we begin to move towards a new normal, how will the end of lock-down affect blind and partially sighted people?

We'll be talking about shared spaces, access to cash machines and shopping centres, and whether it's safe to touch Braille signage. 

Monday the 25th of May, 7 PM: Braille for beginners

Monday the 25th of May is a bank holiday here in the UK, so we'll be taking a break from our course and discussing UEB (Unified English Braille) instead.

We'll be talking about why UEB came about, key differences between UEB and earlier codes, and what you can do to make yourself a more confident UEB user. If you have any burning questions about UEB, this is the call for you!


The Braillists produce a podcast called BrailleCast. We published the most recent episode, "Where have all the Braille books gone?", discussing alternatives to hard copy Braille books on the 11th of May.

We are currently editing more episodes, including a recording of the talk Brian MacDonald of National Braille Press gave last week. You can find the podcast at


We have a number of small index card sized Janus interline slate and stylus (hand frame) sets available for £5 each. If you'd like to order one, please contact


Thanks to everyone who completed our survey. We are currently reviewing the data we received and will publish a summary of the results and our future direction of travel once we've completed our analysis!

We are also pleased to announce that the winner of the survey was announced last Friday. They won a £10 Amazon gift voucher.


We'd like to thank everyone in our community for your support over the last few months. We've been blown away by the response to our Zoom calls, and have genuinely loved arranging them.

We want to cut down on the number of emails we send, so from now on, we'll be sending an update once a week, on Tuesday or Wednesday. To receive up to the minute information and updates, we recommend you follow us on Twitter and the Braillists Forum. 
With warm regards, 
The Braillists Team 
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