NNELS, CCB, BLC, CELA, PRCVI, and AERO are collaborating to bring a month-long celebration of braille.
Braille Boost for WBD 2023!
Need to get back into the swing of things after the holidays with braille reading, writing, and tactile graphics? How about a little Vitamin B-R-L?! Join us for a month of fun with Braille Boost – a variety of braille-focused pursuits including dot-to-dot fun, word searches, and tactile graphics activities. TSVIs and braille transcribers can download and emboss activities for big World Braille Month fun with their students. Register today! Materials for primary, intermediate/middle, and secondary learners will be available in contracted and uncontracted UEB.
Target Audience: K-12 Students, TSVIs, braille transcribers
Format: Downloadable package of braille – tactile graphic activities
Date/Time/Length: January -- All Month Long!
Materials will be available in English.
The following WBD workshops will be presented on Zoom with automatic captioning.
The ABCs of Braille: Basics for beginners
This workshop has already taken place. Please find the ABCs of Braille: Basics for Beginners webinar recording on Braille Literacy Canada's YouTube Channel.
Learning braille can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are an adult learner just beginning this journey, or those who support new braille learners, this welcoming and informative session is for you. Join us for an introduction to basic braille and an overview of commercial and library resources available for new adult braille learners. Learn about available technologies to help get started. And hear insights and strategies from adults who have begun to learn braille later in life because of a later-life onset of a visual disability, as well as those supporting new braille learners. Braille can open a whole new world for readers. It’s never too late to start learning!
Target Audience: All welcome! This session might be particularly useful for you if you are: A person adjusting to vision loss and thinking about learning braille; A family member or friend supporting new adult braille learners; A professional supporting people learning braille; A Reluctant but curious non-braille reader.
Format: Information session + panel
Session is in English.
You can download the presentation slides here:
Living with braille
What is the relevance of braille in our times? How can braille enhance our lives and open doors to new opportunities? Join us for a session exploring the various ways in which braille can make a difference in daily living, work, school and play. You will hear from various pannelists reflecting on the impact braille has played in their careers, education and other aspects of their lives.
Target Audience: All French speakers
Format: Information session + panel
Date/Time/Duration: Wednesday, January 18, 2023. 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (90 minutes)
The session is in French; it will be recorded and made public after the event.
A variety night showcasing braille. Join us on Saturday January 21 for a Celebralliation of in honour of World Braille Day. We want to hear from all talented braille enthusiasts. Record for us a story, a song, a spoken word piece, a poem, some jokes, with the theme of braille. You can audio or video record these or send them in BRF or written form to firstname.lastname@example.org Entries must be no longer than 3 minutes each. We reserve the right to choose which entries can fit into our allotted time. There will be door prizes! Special thanks to our door prize sponsors: Canadian Assistive Technology and Humanware.
Target Audience: Braille enthusiasts
Format: Variety Night
Date/Time/Length: Saturday, January 21, 2023. 1:00 pm Eastern (90 minutes)
Session is predominantly in English, but some entries may be in French. This session will not be recorded.
Let’s Keep in Touch: Productive Allyship for Braille in Post-Secondary
From books to braille signage, extra-curricular, health services, and every part of the post-secondary experience, disability offices, administrators, library staff, professors, and anyone interested in the post-secondary experience can join this World Braille Day event to see how they can be an ally for braille in all aspects of the post-secondary experience.
Target Audience: Centres for Accessible Learning offices, administrators, library staff, professors, and anyone interested in the post-secondary experience. Public library staff may find some cross over topics of relevance.
Format: Information session + Panel
Date/Time/Length: Wednesday, January 25, 2023. 1:00 pm Eastern (90 minutes)
Session is in English; it will be recorded and made available publicly after the event.