As part of the "Dots for Families" literacy program sponsored by the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind Parent Outreach Program for the Visually Impaired in 2004, Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum developed 15 reading and writing lessons to help family members and others learn some of the literary braille code.
There are 15 lessons that you can complete to learn the basics of the braille code. You can complete the lessons in 2 ways:
1. On your own: download each lesson, read the key points and then complete and check the reading and writing exercises.
2. In a group: an instructor can download the lessons (including Duxbury files) and present these in a class setting.
To complete the writing lessons you will need a Perkins braille writer or Perky Duck (a free computer program that allows your computer keyboard to simulate a braille writer.)
Here is a complete list of the letters of the alphabet and contractions (short ways of writing words or parts of words). This list is posted with permission from the
National Braille Press. A large print copy of this chart can be purchased from NBP.