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Dots for Families Braille Lessons

A young girl uses a braillewriter.Editor's Note:  Please note that these free lessons are offered as an introduction to the braille code and are not intended to be complete. These lessons are designed to give families and other individuals who are sighted an understanding of braille, but not proficiency.   Find out about other options to learn braille.


Imagine the joy on a child's face when she reaches in her lunchbox and finds a note from her Dad or the delight on a boy's face when he reads a birthday card from his 4th grade teacher. The "Dots for Families" braille lessons give those who are sighted the opportunity to learn some of the Unified English Braille (UEB) code so they can share in the joy of reading and writing with children.

 

Learning Enough Braille to Support Children Who Are Braille Readers

Many family members, general education teachers, or paraprofessionals want an overview and to learn enough UEB to understand what a child is reading and writing. The "Dots for Families" braille lessons allow one to get a beginning knowledge of UEB by reviewing key points for each of the 15 lessons and then completing short reading and writing exercises. Not all contractions and rules are included in the 15 lessons, but those completing them will finish with a basic level of understanding of UEB. The final lesson provides information on Nemeth code and one can see basic math problems written in both codes. 

The original lessons were developed in 2004 through work Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum did for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind Parent Outreach Program for the Visually Impaired. Thirteen years later, Dr. Rosenblum has updated the lessons in UEB.

You can complete the lessons in 2 ways:

  1. On your own: download the PDF of each lesson, read the key points and then complete the reading and writing exercises. Answer keys are provided. 
  2. In a group: an instructor can download the lessons (including .brf files to emboss the reading exercises and for writing exercise answer keys) and present these in a class setting.

To braille the writing exercises you will need a Perkins braille writer or Perky Duck (a free computer program that allows your computer keyboard to simulate a braille writer).

 

Free Braille Lessons to Download  (PDF)

 

Braille-Ready Format to Download (BRF)

 

UEB (Unified English Braille) Chart from Duxbury

Duxbury UEB chart

 

 

Here is a PDF of a complete list of the letters of the alphabet and contractions (short ways of writing words or parts of words). http://duxburysystems.com/images/ueb_black.pdf This list is best if printed on 11x17 inch paper.

 

 

Learn more about Dots for Families.

 

 

 

 

Collage of braille lessons

L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D.
Project Director, AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy University of Arizona Department of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies P.O. Box 210069 Tucson, AZ 85721-0069
Phone: 520-621-1223
Fax: 520-621-3821
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comments

This is great! It's so great

Posted by Suzannah

This is great! It's so great to have options, and I didn't know there were lessons that were being offered for families, that's fantastic. Regarding visual assistance, there are plenty of options now, and I'd definitely recommend OrCam. It's a pair of glasses for blind person or visually impaired, and it helps you to partake in daily activities, especially reading. Essentially, they're talking glasses for the blind, high-tech smart glasses for blind that help with reading text and recognizing faces of loved ones, all with just the point of a finger. Definitely worth it to me--check them out for yourselves! Nevertheless, it's always wonderful when braille is offered--regardless of the changing technology options, braille is still tremendously vital. Thanks for all that you do!

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