Braille is a writing system, not a language.”

Become a Member

Together we can make a difference.

Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) is a non-profit organization that relies solely on membership fees, individual contributions, and grants to conduct its work. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in the promotion of braille and equal access to print information through braille. Braille users, braille producers, parents of braille users, educators, rehabilitation teachers, and others interested in braille are invited to join.

Why become a member?

Some of the activities, programs, and services that BLC offers include:

  • The Edie Mourre Scholarship provides funding to those pursuing braille courses and certification
  • The Brailler Bounce Initiative helps recycle Perkins braillewriters to those in need
  • The UEB listserv provides a place to discuss questions related to UEB and the code
  • Our bi-monthly teleconference workshops explore a variety of topics relating to braille to help keep members up-to-date on the latest braille developments and technologies
  • Our website and bi-monthly newsletter provide information on braille-related resources, events, and publications

Our Past Accomplishments

  • Coordinated a forum on the Code braille français uniformisé
  • Developed a survey on educational services in Canada for children who use braille
  • Established a directory of Canadian braille producers
  • Participated in the Unified English Braille Code Research Project
  • Assisted in the organization of the 2014 All Hands on Braille summer camp for children in Canada
  • Produced a French translation of The Rules of Unified English Braille, 2nd Edition 2013
  • Participated in Canada’s consultation on new disability legislation to bring attention to the needs of braille users
  • Developed multiple guidelines and standards for braille transcription and production, including:
    1. Canadian Braille Teaching Standards
    2. Tactile Graphics Guidelines (in collaboration with BANA)
    3. Automated Braille Transaction Guidelines
    4. Accessible Signage Guidelines

Membership Benefits

Membership entitles you to:

  • Attend our annual members’ meetings
  • Vote on issues affecting braille in Canada
  • Receive our bi-monthly newsletter, sent directly to your email
  • Participate on BLC committees and working groups
  • Attend (free of charge) our bi-monthly teleconferences on braille-related topics
  • Network with other braille users, professionals, and supporters who are dedicated to the promotion of braille
  • For corporate/organizational members: Discounts on exhibits and the opportunity to be listed as supporters on our web site and press releases

New members and renewals

You can easily become a member by selecting the membership category that applies to you below. You will be asked to provide us with your contact information and then will be directed to PayPal to pay for your membership online.

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