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  • Title: National Braille Week - Braille Awareness | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: .. Make a donation.. Home.. About Braille.. Braille facts.. Braille games.. Learning Braille.. Louis Braille.. Videos.. News & Events.. News.. Events.. Blog.. Royal Blind.. Contact Us.. Why Is Braille Important Today?.. For decades, the number of Braille users has been on the decline.. While there are many reasons for the decline of Braille, technology that converts text to speech has been identified as a major factor.. In an increasingly tech-savvy world, it has been argued that Braille is becoming a less relevant tool for visually impaired and blind individuals.. However, over 150.. Read More.. Share with a friend.. Royal Blind Presses Onward!.. Braille is now one of a variety of formats used by visually impaired individuals for reading and writing, and the Scottish Braille Press is busier than ever working to meet the growing demand for printed and audio materials.. 'Tis the Season to Learn About Braile!.. Try Spreading the holiday cheer this year with Braille!.. Celebrities and blind artists join together in National Braille Week Exhibition.. CELEBRATIONS for National Braille Week 2011 included a unique exhibition featuring artwork by blind artists and Braille messages from a host of UK celebrities, including Susan Boyle.. The exhibition featured autographed celebrity portrait images as well as messages in Braille from UK household names including Stephen Fry, Dougray Scott and  ...   how it is taught in the 21st Century.. Blog Articles.. 'Tis the Season to Learn About Braille!.. Royal Blind welcomes the holiday season every year with hand-designed Christmas cards and wrapping paper, as well as Brailled gift tags in our selection of festive merchandise! The gift tags are.. Why Is Braille Still Important Today?.. While there are many reasons for the decline of Braille, technology that converts text to speech has been identified as a major.. View the blog archive.. |.. RSS feed.. Welcome to National Braille Week.. National Braille Weeks runs from the 4th - 11th January each year.. Over the centuries Braille has had an enormous effect on the lives of millions of people across 120 countries worldwide.. It is not a language but a code by which all languages may be written and read.. The ability to read and write in Braille opens the door to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity, and personal security.. It is an extremely important gateway to opportunity for the UK's blind or partially sighted people, enabling them to be more independent.. Further Information.. This site is executed with Grade 1 Braille | 2010 Royal Blind.. All rights reserved.. Registered Charity No.. SC 017167.. Terms & Conditions.. Privacy Policy.. Accessibility.. Sitemap.. Royal Blind Main Site.. Make a Donation.. Website by Crush..

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  • Title: About Braille | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: About Braille.. Braille is a system of touch reading and writing in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet and numbers, as well as music notes and symbols.. Braille contains symbols for punctuation marks and provides a system of contractions and short‑form words to save space, making it an efficient method of tactile reading.. Braille is read by moving one or more fingers along each line.. Both hands are usually involved in the reading process, and reading is generally done with the index fingers.. Usually, one hand reads  ...   is approximately 125 words per minute, but greater speeds of up to 200 words per minute are possible.. By using braille, blind people can review and study the written word.. They may become aware of conventions such as spelling, punctuation, paragraphing, and footnotes.. Most important, braille provides blind individuals access to a wide range of reading materials educational and recreational reading as well as informational manuals.. Blind people also are able to pursue hobbies and cultural enrichment with such braille materials as music scores, hymnals, playing cards, and board games..

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  • Title: Braille Facts | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: Braille facts.. What is Braille?.. Braille is the system of touch reading and writing that utilises raised dots to represent the letters of the print alphabet for persons who are blind or visually impaired.. The Braille system also includes symbols to represent punctuation, mathematics and scientific characters, music, computer notation, and foreign languages.. Why is Braille used?.. Braille is not a language.. It is a code by which all languages may be written and read.. Through the use of Braille, people who are blind are able to review and study the written word.. It provides a vehicle for literacy and gives an individual the ability to become familiar with spelling, punctuation, paragraphing and other formatting considerations.. Who uses Braille?.. Braille is used mainly by people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired.. It is critically important to the lives of these people as the ability to read and write in Braille opens the door to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity, and personal security.. Teachers, parents and others who are not visually impaired ordinarily read Braille with their eyes.. What Does Braille Look Like?.. Braille symbols are formed within units of space known as Braille cells.. A full Braille cell consists of six raised dots arranged in two parallel vertical rows each having three dots.. The dot positions are identified by numbers one through six.. Sixty-three combinations are possible using one or more of these six dots.. Cells can be used to represent a letter of the alphabet, number, punctuation mark or even a whole word.. How is Braille taught?.. At The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh pupils start to learn Braille by strengthening their fingertips.. Students play with items such as macaroni and peas in a tray and try to sort them using their fingertips.. They then progress to learning actual Braille that is taught by their teachers, printing their own stories on Brailling machines.. Finally as teenagers they can progress to Braille notebooks that are a really fast and professional means of writing and transcribing Braille.. How was Braille Invented?.. A wide variety of methods were tried to enable blind people to read independently.. Most were methods utilising raised print letters.. The prevailing belief for why the Braille system was successful, when other methods failed, was because Braille was based on a relational method of dots, specifically designed to be identified with the fingertip, rather than being based on symbols devised for visual recognition.. The other advantage was that Braille could be written by blind people independently.. Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, France, near Paris on January 4, 1809.. At the age of 3 he was playing with a sharp awl in his father's harness making  ...   system often used for reproducing textbooks and publications in English is known as Grade 2 Braille.. In this system, cells are used individually or in combination with others to form a variety of contractions or whole words.. For example, in Grade 1 Braille the phrase "you like him" requires twelve cell spaces.. If it were written in Grade 2 Braille, this same phrase would use only six cell spaces.. The letters Y and L are also used for the whole words "you" and "like" respectively.. Similarly, the word "him" is formed by combining the letters H and M.. There are 189 different letter contractions and 76 short form words used in English Grade 2 Braille.. These short cuts reduce the volume of paper needed for reproducing books in Braille and make reading faster.. Just as printed matter can be produced with paper, pencil, typewriter or printer, Braille can also be written in several ways.. The Braille equivalent of paper and pencil is the slate and stylus.. The slate or template has evenly spaced depressions for the dots of the Braille cells.. The stylus is used to create the individual Braille dots.. With paper placed in the slate, tactile dots are made by pushing the pointed end of the stylus into the paper over the depressions.. The paper bulges on its reverse side to form "dots".. Because they are easy to carry, the slate and stylus are especially helpful for labeling and taking notes during lectures.. Braille is also produced by a machine known as a Braille writer.. Unlike a typewriter which has more than 50 keys, the Braille writer has only six keys and a space bar.. These keys are numbered to correspond with the six dots of a Braille cell.. Since most Braille cells contain more than a single dot, all or any of the Braille writer keys can be pushed at the same time.. Computers provide and continue to expand additional avenues of literacy for Braille users.. Software programs and portable electronic Braille notetakers allow users to save and edit their writing, have it displayed back to them either verbally or tactually and produce a hard copy via a desktop computer-driven Braille embosser.. The Braille code has undergone continuous modification over the years, particularly through the addition of contractions for words which appear frequently in English.. The use of contractions allows for faster Braille reading and helps to reduce the size of Braille books.. Since its development in France by Louis Braille in the early 19th Century, Braille has become an effective means of communication and a proven avenue for achieving and enhancing literacy for people who are blind or visually impaired.. ^ Back to Top..

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  • Title: Braille Games | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: Braille games.. We have some fun games and riddles for you to try in Braille.. The full Braille cells will help you colour in the games correctly.. Cells are arranged with six dots, 3 in each column.. Fun with riddles and Braille.. Using the Braille guide, try to solve the riddles by writing in the print letter above each Braille symbol.. Download Document:.. Braille_Riddles.. pdf.. (236.. 6 KB).. The Braille Guide.. The Braille guide will help you with the games and riddles.. The guide gives you the position of each letter of the alphabet, how to capitalise and the Braille numbers.. Braille_Games_BrailleGuide.. (67.. 7 KB).. A-Z in Braille.. Complete each line  ...   Complete each line in the game by colouring the dots for each of the Braille numbers.. To help you get started the dots for the special number sign has been coloured in.. Braille_Games_Numbers.. (25.. 9 KB).. Who are you?.. Write your names and where you come from in the boxes along the top and then colour in the dots below using the Braille guide.. Braille_Games_WhoAreYou.. (58.. A secret message.. Using the Braille guide, colour in the dots to create a secret message to share with a friend.. Remember to leave a blank cell between the words.. Then give your message to your friend for them to decode.. Braille_Games_SecretMessage.. (63.. 3 KB)..

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  • Title: Learning Braille - How to learn Braille | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: Learning Braille.. Braille is a code that presents written information.. It is equivalent to print.. The alphabet, numbers, music notation, and any other symbol that appears in print can be replicated in Braille by arranging combinations of the six dots of the Braille cell.. Braille is read by touch, usually using the first finger on one or both hands.. Braille is not that hard to learn, especially when the student is young.. Children who learn Braille early usually become extremely fast and competent readers.. Children have the advantage over adults - they learn more quickly and expect to make mistakes as they go along.. Braille is a system of transcribing print so it can be read by touch.. Braille is now mainly used by blind people but the original idea was for soldiers to be able to read at night without putting themselves in danger by using any light.. You can learn about Braille by reading this page and following the links.. Cells.. The basis of the Braille system is known as the Braille cell.. The cell is comprised of six dots numbered in a specific order.. Each dot or combination of dots represents a letter of the alphabet and there are 63 different cells not counting the space.. The positions are normally numbered starting at the top of the left-hand column as shown  ...   the simulated or inkprint Braille cells below.. (The shadow dots in empty positions are for sighted persons and are not used in embossed Braille.. ).. The dot patterns for the next ten letters, k-t, are the same as the first ten but with an additional dot in position 3.. The dot patterns for the letters u,v,x,y, and z are the same as the letters a-e with additional dots in positions 3 and 6.. The letter "w", dot pattern 2-4-5-6, is out of alphabetical order because the French alphabet did not have that letter when Louis Braille invented the Braille alphabet in 1829.. The picture below shows you how the dots are arranged in the Braille cell for each letter of the alphabet.. Braille does not have a separate alphabet of capital letters as there is in print.. Capital letters are indicated by placing a dot 6 in front of the letter to be capitalised.. Two capital signs mean the whole word is capitalized.. Braille numbers are made using the first ten letters of the alphabet, "a" through "j", and a special number sign, dots 3, 4, 5, and 6.. Larger numbers only need one number sign.. The comma in braille is dot 2.. Information courtesy of:.. American Federation for the Blind [.. www.. afb.. org.. ].. Perkins.. [.. perkins.. World Blind Union [.. worldblindunion..

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  • Title: Louise Braille - Braille Inventor | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: Louis Braille.. The story of Louis Braille (January 4th, 1809 - January 6th, 1852).. Louis Braille was born on 4 January 1809, in the small village of Coupvray near Paris, France.. Thanks to his innovation, blind people all over the world can lead productive and independent lives.. His father was a saddler and the young Louis enjoyed playing in his father's workshop.. During one of his playful adventures Louis accidentally punctured his eye with an awl, a sharp tool used to punch holes in leather.. Despite the best care available at the time, infection set in and soon spread to the other eye as well, leaving him completely blind.. Fortunately, Louis' parents, together with the local priest and school teacher, were alert to his superior learning abilities and eager to provide him with the opportunity to develop them to the fullest extent possible.. So, when Louis became of school age, he was allowed to sit in the classroom to learn what he could by listening.. Despite an initial assumption that his handicap would keep him well back of the other pupils, he was soon leading the class.. At the extraordinarily young age of ten, Louis was sent on scholarship to the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris.. There too, most instruction was oral, although there were some books in a raised-print system developed by the school's founder, Valentin Haüy.. Once again, the diligent Louis did well at his studies, and moreover developed a considerable talent for music, first at the piano and then at the organ.. The general idea of a tactile alphabet that  ...   of Barbier's specific provisions, such as a clumsy 12-dot cell and the phonetic basis.. Within three years, by age 15, Louis had developed the system that we know today as Braille, employing a 6-dot cell and based upon normal spelling.. He also went on to lay the foundations of the Braille representation of music, and in 1829 published the Method of Writing Words, Music and Plain Song by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged by Them.. Although Louis Braille went on to become a loved and respected teacher, was encouraged in his research, and remained secure in his own mind as to the value of his work, his system of touch reading and writing was nevertheless not very widely accepted in his own time.. Louis Braille died on January 6, 1852.. In the years that followed, the practicality as well as simple elegance of his Braille system was increasingly recognised, and today, in virtually every language throughout the world, it is the standard form of writing and reading used by blind persons.. If a blind child is taught Braille skills with the same sense of importance that is rightly attached to the teaching of print skills to sighted children, he or she will grow up able to read at speeds comparable to print readers, a life skill of inestimable value.. Over 150 years after Louis Braille worked out his basic 6-dot system, its specific benefits remain unmatched by any later technology -- though some, computers being a prime example, both complement and contribute to Braille.. This information was produced courtesy of Perkins..

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  • Title: Braille Videos - Learning Videos | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: Videos.. Watch this film to discover more about Braille, how it is produced and how it is taught in the 21st Century.. Ian Rankin marks launch of National Braille Week.. Best selling author launched National Braille Week and announced a campaign on behalf of Royal Blind to raise 2 million in order to re-house one of the nation's leading Braille printing presses..

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  • Title: National Braille Week News & Events | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: News & Events.. Date: 23/02/2011.. A NOVEL about the true story of the Clydebank Blitz has made history - by becoming the first piece of new Scottish writing to be released simultaneously in print and in Braille.. Mavis s Shoe,.. Read More.. The Ancient House Museum, Thetford.. Date: 01/01/2009.. The events will include an information fair about local services for the visually impaired, trails in the museum, and talks by one of our volunteers, who is blind.. To find out more about the event..

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  • Title: National Braille Week News | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: News.. 1.. 2.. 3.. Celebrities and blind artists join together in National Braille Week Exhibition Launch.. Date: 21/12/2010.. In December celebrations began ahead of National Braille Week 2011 as Royal Blind launched a unique exhibition featuring artwork by blind artists and Braille messages from a host of UK.. National Braille Weeks gets the X-Factor.. Date: 21/06/2010.. X Factor winner, Joe McElderry has launched the first ever Braille CD booklet as part of a pioneering new initiative by the charity Royal Blind.. Braille copies of the X Factor  ...   at school - boarding school - for the first time.. Worried, sometimes even frightened, but determined not to cry.. Picture then a little boy with a.. Date: 06/01/2009.. To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille and the launch of a campaign to raise 2 million in order to re-house one of the nation's leading Braille printing press, Rankin is.. Sub Pages.. Archive.. 2011 February (1).. 2010 December (1).. 2010 June (1).. 2009 January (3).. 2008 November (1).. 2008 September (2).. 2008 January (2)..

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  • Title: National Braille Week Events | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: Events.. Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford.. The Museum's aim is to preserve an important part of Britain's national aviation heritage and to display it for future generations.. At Cosford they have collections of artefacts unique in the.. School Activities.. Do a maths lesson around how many different arrangements there are  ...   The answer is 2 to the power 6 or.. First online Braille messages created by Yomego.. Date: 03/01/2008.. The first online Braille writing application which allows people to send 'secret' messages has been created by social media company Yomego to support Royal Blind's National Braille Week (Jan 4-10,.. 2008 January (1)..

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  • Title: National Braille Week Blog | Nationalbrailleweek.org
    Descriptive info: Blog.. Date: 21/12/2012.. Royal Blind Launches National Braille Week 2013!.. Today marks the start of National Braille Week 2013 and Royal Blind is celebrating by releasing our own "Say it With Braille" Messaging App, which transcribes personal messages into Braille code.. Date: 19/12/2012.. Braille is now one of a variety of formats used by visually impaired individuals for reading and  ...   meet the growing demand for.. National Braille Week 2012 Launched Today.. Date: 04/01/2012.. CELEBRITY chef Tony Singh has teamed up with children from the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh to create a special Braille recipe book in celebration of National Braille Week 2012.. The cookbook is.. 2012 December (4).. 2012 January (1).. 2011 January (1).. 2010 December (4).. 2010 November (1)..

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