Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille Course for Adults Transitioning from Print to Braille

Illinois Braille Series

We are often asked for suggestions for adults with vision loss who already read print, but wish to learn braille.  We're pleased to announce that the popular Illinois Braille Series, Book 1, Uncontracted Braille Revised now teaches UEB (Unified English Braille) code.  Originally published in 1992, this series has just been revised and is available through American Printing House for the Blind (APH).

The Illinois Braille Series (UEB), a classic program designed to teach braille code to adults transitioning from print to braille literacy, includes raised print letters, braille, tracking guidelines, practice activities, writing drills, and an interesting variety of reading selections. The two-volume set progresses from uncontracted to contracted braille.

Book I Topics & Lessons:

  • Braille alphabet
  • Braille numbers
  • Basic punctuation symbols
Book I is produced in standard-sized braille rather than enlarged (jumbo) braille. Guidelines and double spacing assist the learner.

Book II Topics and Lessons:

Contractions and additional symbols, which comprise Unified English Braille (UEB).
Special formatting to aid development of efficient hand movement. 
Posted on January 23, 2019
Updated on: October 14, 2021