[Pibe-division] Braille for beginners...
asadkins at frontier.com
Sat Jan 17 13:46:05 UTC 2015
My name is Anita Adkins, and I am currently a Braille teacher in WV. Before
working here, I worked at Blind Industries and Services of MD in the
Rehabilitation Department. In that position, among other things, I taught
Braille to blind adults. I would be happy to assist you in learning Braille
perhaps one evening a week. If interested, please email
asadkins at frontier.com so we can exchange phone numbers, or so we can discuss
further. Another idea is to consider attending a training center, such as
the one at Blind Industries and Services of MD or an NFB training Center, or
taking a college course in Braille.
However, should you wish to learn on your own, I will place some potentially
helpful information below.
This link will explain the Braille alphabet to you and is a good starting
point. The arrangement of the Braille cell is composed of six places, which
can be full or empty, depending on the Braille character you are forming. In
order to keep track of each place, we name it using the dot number it would
represent if it were full. In the upper left is dot 1, left middle is dot 2,
and bottom left is dot 3. On the right top is dot 4, right middle is dot 5,
and right bottom is dot 6. If using a Braille display, it is also possible
to have dots 7 and 8 with dot 7 being below dot 3 and dot 8 being below dot
6. The link to learn more is:
If you do not have a Braillewriter, and even if you do, you might want to
purchase a slate and stylus as they are relatively inexpensive and are
reliable when technology fails, are portable, and can also help in learning
Braille. The NFB store sells them as does other places. Also, as a beginner,
you might want to get the VB reader and VB Writer apps for your iDevice. The
apps have a Braille cell on the screen. When you touch the given placement
in the cell in VB Reader, you will here a beeping and feel a vibration if
using an iPhone to let you know it is full. Also, VoiceOver will say the
name of the cell, for example, dot 3, so you know your location with in the
cell. In this app, you determine which places are filled and then do a
2-finger swipe right. Now you are given the alphabet and must choose the
letter that matches the cell. In VB Writer, you are given a letter and you
then move around the cell and double tap to fill each dot until you have the
Braille letter formed. Then, when you do a 2-finger swipe right, it will
tell if you were correct or not. Note that the Braille cell on these apps is
obviously much larger than actual Braille you would read on a page.
VB Reader link:
VB Writer app:
These are both by Mobile Accessibility.
To ensure you begin using appropriate reading techniques from the start,
please take a look at "
Helpful Hints About Teaching Braille Reading" an article written by Sally
Mangold, Ph.D in Future Reflections way back in 1987, but still very useful.
And finally, for further information about Braille, go to
Hope this helps. Good luck! Anita
From: Rick Reed via Pibe-division
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 10:24 PM
To: pibe-division at nfbnet.org
Subject: [Pibe-division] Braille for beginners...
I have only been blind for about 4 years now and am just getting around
to beginning my Braille education. I went to get signed up with Hadley
and saw that they are not offering any beginning Braille classes until
further notice while they focus on the shift to UEB.
My question is this: Do any of you know of any other resources for
learning, or at least beginning to familiarize myself with, Braille in
I really want to get going with this and am kind of twitching at the delay.
Thanks in advance!
WYOAssist Low-Vision Specialist
President, National Federation of the Blind of Wyoming
Certified Assistive Technology Specialist
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