Learning to read and write in braille is the way in which a person with limited or no sight achieves literacy. No-one can become literate by only hearing the spoken word. Learning to spell and punctuate are two essential skills you can learn through reading and writing braille. Another exciting facet of this skills is always being able to read anything with your own interpretation – not through someone else’s voice. These are some of the joys of living with braille.
Fortunately, even in this era of audio everything, there is an increasing awareness of the value of tactual literacy, judging by the number of requests we receive from people with vision impairment who wish to become touch readers. While literacy for most people involves print symbols which are read visually, literacy for those with little or no vision involves embossed symbols that are read tactually. Along with knowledge of the code, touch readers need to develop specific tactual skills. It is our task to restore literacy to the adults who apply to us for tuition.
Braille and Moon
The two systems of tactual reading that have stood the test of time are Braille and Moon. Tutoring in both codes are offered by QBWA. We offer this tuition in three different modes: face to face at Braille House; remotely through outreach to students who can get to one of our SE Queensland outreach centres; and Distance via email and telephone.
We offer face-to-face tutoring at Braille House on a regular, individual basis.
In order to extend face-to-face tutoring to as many students as possible we have established three Outreach centres where classes are held weekly.
- Nundah at the Nundah Activity Centre
- Gold Coast in the Vision Australia premises
- Coorparoo in the Vision Australia premises
We offer tuition to vision impaired adults who wish to become touch readers, but are unable to attend classes because of distance or health considerations. We provide support by post, email and phone. The audio material is of particular benefit to those students learning in the distance mode.
All requests for tuition in Braille or Moon should be made to Queensland Braille Writing Association. Contact us here.