Welcome to Braille Media
Accessible media, bringing words to your finger tips.
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What is it?
Braille is characters made up of raised dots in blocks of six, two across and three down. It was invented by Louis Braille IN 1821 for blind people. Braille is used in many different languages and is also used for music notation. Read more about Braille on Wikipedia Braille.
When does it help?
Braille helps blind and visually impaired people read and write. Today's technology now offers Soft-Braille also known as Refreshable Braille. This produces Braille in a digital format, like a Braille display. This gives people who are blind and deaf a means of communication previously not available to them. Braille is now starting to be used on public signs and on lift buttons.
Who is it for?
Braille is used mostly by the blind community. However, as reading Braille requires no sight, it can be used in any situation where visibility is very low and people need access to written information.
Why do we need it?
Braille is the only way some people can benefit from the written word. In some cases it is the only form of communication they have. Imagine the frustration of having no sight nor hearing. How can you say what you want?
Where can we get it?
There are organizations all over the world offering Braille publications and digital Braille displays. There are still many publications not yet available in Braille and very few manufacturers offer Braille information. For example, when have you ever found Braille on a tin of beans?
We have a Braille Media Directory, you can use to find how and where you can get your information transcripted into accessible formats. The UKAAF (UK Association for Accessible Formats), is an organization promoting the use of accessible formats for all people.
If you would like to be included on our Braille Media Directory, please complete our survey.
How much does it cost?
To get Braille transcribed is still quite expensive and very specialist. Braille printers and digital displays are also very costly and many Braillists are still using mechanical devices much like devices that have been used for 200 years.
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