About Braille Literacy Canada

About BLC

Braille Literacy Canada is a registered charity (formed in 1990 as the Canadian Braille Authority) dedicated to the promotion of braille as the primary medium of literacy for those who are blind or visually impaired.

Led by a volunteer board of directors, BLC’s membership is comprised of organizations and companies, educators, braille transcribers and proofreaders, braille producers, parents and family members of braille users, and braille readers themselves.

BLC is recognized by the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) as the authority for the development, adoption, and implementation of standards relating to (English) braille codes in Canada.

Our Mission and Goals

Our mission is to improve access to information in braille for those who are blind or visually impaired or deaf-blind.

BLC aims to accomplish this goal by:

  • Encouraging and participating in research related to all aspects of braille (including but not limited to reading, writing, teaching and producing both English and French braille);
  • Encouraging the use and development of braille technology;
  • Encouraging the teaching and transcription of braille music in order to provide greater access to music that is available in print;
  • Establishing, adopting and monitoring standards for the production and teaching of both English and French braille; and
  • Encouraging the use of braille in the home, school and general community.

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