“For many Canadians who are blind,
braille is an essential medium of literacy.”


Walk for Edie Mourre (September 22nd in Ottawa; other dates elsewhere)

Braille Literacy Canada will be hosting a “Walkathon” in Ottawa to raise funds for the Edie Mourre Scholarship Program.  The roughly six kilometer walk (one kilometer per dot!) will take us from a central downtown meeting location along Sussex Drive to the Governor General’s residence and back.

We will meet at  Starbucks at the corner of Bank and Slater (129 Bank Street) at 9:30am, with the aim of heading out by 10:00am.

For blind children and adults, braille is the key to literacy. The Edie Mourre scholarship has been established to provide financial assistance to those within Canada who are pursuing careers as braille literacy educators or transcribers. BLC has been embarking on an ambitious goal of raising $6,500 before November 30th, 2018.  Every dollar collected before November 30th toward the Edie Mourre Scholarship Program will be matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to a very generous donation from one of our supporters.  If BLC raises $6,500, it will actually have raised $13,000 – enough to permanently establish the Edie Mourre Scholarship Endowment Fund to ensure that at least one applicant each year receives a grant!



The Big Brailler Bounce Initiative:

One of BLC's braille promotion activities involves getting unused Perkins braillers out of those dark storage places and into the hands of braille users who need them. Yes, let's bounce those unused and unwanted wonderful Perkins braillers currently hidden away in cupboards and under beds into the hands of braille users a cross Canada who would love to put an unwanted brailler to good use!

If you have a brailler that you are no longer using and would like to pass it on to someone who needs one, please contact Jen Goulden at info@blc-lbc.ca. If the brailler requires servicing, that will be taken care of prior to passing it on to its new owner.

If you need a brailler or know someone who does...again, please email Jen Goulden at the above address with contact information for follow-up.

The Perkins Brailler has helped generations of blind and visually impaired individuals express the contents of their hearts and minds. It's been the braillewriter of choice at schools and among transcribers. Though first introduced in 1951, surprisingly few modifications have been made to the Perkins Brailler: the machine you use today is virtually identical to a Perkins Brailler your parent or grand-parent could have used.

How has the Perkins Brailler managed to remain relatively unchanged for all these years? Perhaps it's that the device's inventor, David Abraham, got it right the first time. Abraham invented a device that perfectly marries ease-of-use with tough-as-nails durability.” (taken from Fred's s Head from APH, a Blindness Blog)