“There is no substitute for the ability to read.
For blind people, braille is an essential tool in the process of becoming literate.”

World Braille Day 2016

Braille Blast Off - World Braille Day 2016 Logo

Ready, Set, Go… UEB Blast Off!

Welcome to the BLC webpage for World Braille Day!

World Braille Day will be held on January 4th, 2016, with a special aim to celebrate the implementation of Unified English Braille (UEB) and the importance of braille for those who are blind.

Read BLC's World Braille Day 2016 press release for more information.

Check out this webpage regularly to stay informed about activities being organized across Canada to mark this special celebration! If you are planning an event for World Braille Day, let us know so that we can add it to the list of events found here.

Get Started!

Celebrate World Braille Day by downloading the World Braille Day logo and using it to make your own T-Shirts, mugs, sticky notes, and posters! Be creative!

Download a flyer all about World Braille Day, with some great ideas on how to participate.  You can email or print the flyer to share with others! 

Classroom Worksheets

We have prepared a number of worksheets that will allow sighted students to learn and practice braille letters, numbers, and punctuation. You can download these as PDF documents below:

Braille Blast Off Rocket-Building Competition

The winner is announced!

As part of the World Braille Day celebrations schools are invited to enter the model making competition. Create a model of the Blast off to UEB Rocket Ship. This model can be made of a material of your choice, papier mache, molding clay, wire, cardboard tubing, or wood, use your imagination and come up with something unique. Think of ways to make this model accessible to blind people, have tactile elements or a secret message in braille, what about some sound elements, and perhaps record a message for aliens!

To enter the competition please send in a photograph and brief explanation of your model, also make sure you send in a picture with the designers and creators, photos of the first, second and third place in each category will be featured on the Braille Literacy Canada website and on social media at #worldbrailleday. Please remember to state your category, either elementary or secondary.

Please send your photos to info@blc-lbc.ca by January 15th, 2016

Download the contest flyer

Teleconference on Braille in the 21st Century - January 9th, 2016

Are you currently learning, or thinking about learning braille? Are you an avid braille reader, or perhaps you use braille for specific tasks such as labeling household items? This workshop, offered by Braille Literacy Canada, is for you! Listen to a panel of braille users discuss different themes related to "Braille in the 21st Century", and learn what is new and exciting in the world of braille.

When: Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 10 AM (Pacific), 1 PM (Eastern). The workshop will run for one hour.

Who: Both braille users and those learning braille

Where: By telephone. To register, write to info@blc-lbc.ca before January 4th, 2016, and we will send you the information to join us.

This workshop will be moderated by Betty Nobel, Past President and current board member of Braille Literacy Canada. Speakers will cover the following topics:

  1. "A Toolbox of Solutions: Braille and Low Vision" (Jennifer Jesso): Do you have low vision and are wondering how braille can complement print, what braille might offer to someone with low vision, and how to use braille alongside magnification and other tools? Jennifer Jesso, a braille user with low vision who also uses magnification and a screen reader, will be discussing how braille fits into her toolbox of solutions and her experience as a braille user with low vision.
  2. "What Braille Means to Me: Ideas for Braille in Daily Living" (Marilyn Rushton): Listen to one longtime braille user (and teacher of students with visual impairments) talk about the role braille continues to play in her life, and why she says it is not obsolete, even in an ever-increasing technological world. As a user and educator, Marilyn will draw on her own experiences to provide tips and examples of how you can use braille in your daily life. Whether you are an avid reader of books, simply require a way to identify household items, or are thinking about learning braille, you'll love the experiences and resources she has to share!
  3. "Where We've Been and Where We Are: Evolution of Braille Technologies" (Diana Brent): The ways in which we access and interact with braille have, in some cases, drastically changed over the past few decades alone: from a time when the slate and stylus and Perkins brailler were the only tools available to those who use braille, to the present when technologies can provide instant access to braille on both your computer and mobile devices. Diana, a braille user and technology expert, will draw on her own experience to discuss how braille and technology can work together, and will give us a tour of braille technologies over the years. Join Diana to hear all about it!
  4. "Looking Ahead: Future Innovations in Braille Technology” (Natalie Martiniello): The future for those who read braille is limitless. In the past two years alone, numerous new technologies currently in development or at the prototype stage are gaining greater attention, and will revolutionize the ways in which we access braille. From smart braille watches to affordable multiline braille displays - you won't believe what is coming in the future of braille! Join Natalie as she discusses all the new and exciting tools that you will want to keep a finger on in the world of braille! Both a braille user and educator, Natalie will discuss how such new technologies can enhance both the ways in which we learn and use braille.

To register, write to info@blc-lbc.ca by January 4th, 2016.