Audio recordings and synthesized speech are
useful tools, but they can't replace the
ability to read and write.


Teleconference Workshop: The Canute, Read Read and Orbit

Date: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Time: 1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific
Duration: 1.5 hours
Location: Teleconference
Cost: $20.00 (Free with BLC membership)

Drum roll please for a very special teleconference announcement, especially if you've been waiting for the latest updates on some of those exciting new devices you've been reading about in the news!

Would you like to learn about new braille displays that are coming on the market?

Join us for a teleconference and learn more about the Canute, the Read Read and the Orbit!

We will provide the following information for each device:

  • Background on the team developing the device
  • Physical description
  • Features and capabilities
  • Expected cost
  • Expected date that the device will be available for purchase in Canada

To register, please send an email to by Wednesday, February 28th. You will receive call-in details prior to the teleconference.

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 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)