Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Free Online Resources to Learn Braille

A teacher and student read braille together

Braille is everywhere this month!  January is National Braille Month, in honor of Louis Braille's birthday, and World Braille Day is celebrated on January 4.  If you made a New Year's Resolution to learn braille this year or you want to brush up your skills, check out these free resources for learning braille.


collage of Dots for Families braille lessons

Dots for Families
These lessons are designed to help families of children who are blind or visually impaired to learn the basics about braille.


Braille Courses
Hadley School for the Blind offers courses 10 braille courses for those who are blind and 6 for those who are sighted. There are courses for Adult Continuing Education, Professional Studies, and Family Education.


BRL through remote learningBRL: Braille Through Remote Learning
Free online instructional program for families, teachers, and others interested in learning braille on their own.  The course is comprised of three parts:

  • Introduction to Braille
  • Braille Transcribers
  • Specialized Codes


UEB Online logoUEB Online
Free online course from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) in Australia.


This free 4-week online training from Northern Illinois University is designed for people who are already proficient in braille who wish to learn UEB.

Introduction to UEB
Free course via YouTube videos from Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Additional Resources

UEB Quick Reference Sheet
This two-page document is a "cheat sheet" for those who know braille, but need a quick refresher on some of the changes in UEB.

The ABCs of UEB
This free resource from BANA (Braille Authority of North America) is designed for those who already know the braille code, but who would like to learn about UEB. There are many other resources and updated on the BANA site, so be sure to check there regularly!


See also Braille for Sighted Classmates and Family Members.





Sighted wanting to learn braille

Posted by Nicky Alexander

Posted on January 5, 2015
Updated on: January 20, 2022

Previous comments for Free Online Resources to Learn Braille

Charlotte Cushman commented on December 13, 2016

Hi Nicky,

There are a number of ways that people who are sighted can learn braille online.  There are a number of options listed on this page.  Many people start with a course from Hadley, such as Introduction to Braille, UEB Edition.  This is an introductory course for people who wish to learn to read braille visually.  It presents the fundamentals of the braille code, including the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation, giving you the tools to communicate in writing with family members or clients who read braille. The goal is to enable you to read and write uncontracted Unified English Braille. To become fully proficient in braille, more advanced coursework and practice is required.

Good luck!


Nicky Alexander commented on December 13, 2016

I would like to know of any resources in Virginia that can help me learn braille so I can write my visually impaired friends, and work with others who are.