Research in the Rockies: Research Summit on Braille Reading and Writing

June 10-12, 2010
Denver, Colorado at the Denver Marriott City Center

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute is cosponsoring, with the National Center for Severe and Sensory Disabilities and the Bresnahan-Halstead Center on Disabilities, a conference on Research in Braille. We hope to advance the state of research in the area of Braille in the USA. We encourage you to submit an abstract to this conference and request that you diffuse it to all colleagues who might have an interest in this field.  Research related abstracts will be accepted from all members of the Braille community and will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel including academics, practitioners, and parents. 

Call for Papers

Sponsored by

National Center for Severe and Sensory Disabilities (NCSSD)
Bresnahan-Halstead Center on Disabilities
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute


The purpose of this conference is to explore current and emerging research from a wide range of disciplines that pertains to Braille reading and writing.

Call for Papers Submission Guidelines

  • Submit 250-word abstract online at:
  • Submission deadline is January 4, 2010 (Louis Braille's 201st birthday!)
  • Anything submitted after midnight on January 4, 2010 will not be accepted
  • Presentation formats:
    a. Research paper presentation (20 minutes)
    b. Panel (minimum 60 minutes)
    c. Poster (posters will be presented in roundtable sessions)
  • If you have problems with the online submission form, please contact:

Please note that any handout material must be made available in Braille, large print, and electronic formats. Provide explanations for all Power Point presentations.

Proposals Invited from

  • Cognitive scientists
  • Linguists
  • Educators
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Neurologists
  • Sociologists and experimental psychologists
  • Researchers in haptic and tactile perception
  • Demographers
  • Occupational therapists
  • and Others