Braille Literacy Canada is a registered charity dedicated to the promotion of braille as the primary medium of literacy for those who are blind or visually impaired. Our organization is comprised of educators, braille transcribers, braille producers, parents of braille users and braille users.
Braille Literacy Canada was originally founded in 1990 as the Canadian Braille Authority. In 2013 we officially became Braille Literacy Canada.
Since its inception in 1990, BLC has made many noteworthy accomplishments such as:
- Establishment of standardized braille tactile graphic guidelines
- A Braille Literacy Project focused on ensuring the right to braille literacy
- A Braille Technology Project focused on ensuring access to appropriate technology
- A forum on French braille
- A survey on educational services in Canada for children who use braille
- Establishment of a directory of Canadian braille producers
- Participation in the Unified English Braille Code Research Project of the ICEB with Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States
- BLC Board member involvement on various committees of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA)
- Establishment of Canadian Braille Teaching Standards
- Research projects focused on the efficacy of Unified English Braille
- Establishment of a website and resources for public school classroom teachers who have a braille user enrolled in their class
Canadians who require braille in order to access information effectively have the right to braille literacy.
We would like to extend a warm thanks to CNIB for their continued support.