Future Reflections Fall 2000, Vol. 19 No. 4

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Resources for Parents Who Want to Learn Braille

The Hadley School for the Blind offers a free correspondence course for parents who want to learn some Braille. The course uses the book, Just Enough To Know Better, published by National Braille Press, Inc. Parents can sign up for the course and get this book, or they can order the book directly from National Braille Press, Inc. and study it on their own.

Parents can also choose to take the more rigorous correspondence course which leads to certification as a Braille Transcriber. The Library of Congress, National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in Washington D.C. provides this training and certification. There are other books which parents can buy and use for self-study, too. Here is a list of resources:

Correspondence Courses

The Hadley School for the Blind,
700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093-0299, (800) 323-4238.
Braille Reading for Family Members, Course D-PC-501.

Braille Development Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 20542, (202) 707-5100 or (800) 124-8567; Web site: <www.loc.gov/nls>. Courses in literary Braille transcribing, mathematics Braille transcribing, music Braille transcribing, and sighted proofreading.

Self-Study Books and Materials

National Braille Press, Inc.,
88 St. Stephen Street, Boston MA 02115, orders: (800) 548-7323.
Just Enough to Know Better
, a Braille primer by Eileen P. Curan.

Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 20542,
(202) 707-5100 or (800) 124-8567; Web site: <www.loc.gov/nls>.
Publishes a reference circular called “Braille Literacy: Resources for Instruction, Writing Equipment, and Supplies” No. 94-02.

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