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


Bringing Braille Home for the Summer: A Special Workshop for Parents

Curious to know how you can help students brush up and maintain those braille skills over the summer months? Want to know how you can support braille literacy at home throughout the year? Join BLC for their upcoming teleconference to learn about creative and fun ways to support braille literacy at home!

Learn more about the Bringing Braille Home for the Summer and register

Notice of 2017 Annual General Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual general meeting of the members of Braille Literacy Canada / Littératie braille Canada (the "Corporation") will take place on May 6, 2017 in Toronto from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


Courtyard Marriott Downtown
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 1X7

This meeting will be held for the purposes of:

  • Receiving the financial statements of the Corporation;
  • Approving the minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of members; and
  • Electing the board of directors.

Members should already have received an individual e-mail notice with further details. All relevant documents (including the electronic ballot and proxy form) will be sent out by the end of April.

Note that you must renew your membership in order to be eligible to vote.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jen Goulden at info@blc-lbc.ca.

Natalie Martiniello
Braille Literacy Canada

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)