The sensory aspects of the courses would be beneficial to any child; the information that is shared is priceless.
— Jean, WA
Would you like to read braille visually? This introductory course presents the fundamentals of the braille code, including the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation, giving you the tools to communicate in writing with family members or clients who read braille. The goal is to enable you to read and write uncontracted braille. To become fully proficient in braille, more advanced coursework and practice is required.
COURSE: IBR-112, MEDIA: OL OR P, LESSONS: 8
Family Education Program
Want to read braille visually? This introductory course provides the tools for those interested in learning to read and write braille so they can communicate with family members who use braille. It presents the fundamentals of the braille code, including the letters of the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation. The goal is to enable you to read and write uncontracted braille.
The course is available in print and online.
The course includes eight lessons.
Eight assignments are submitted to the instructor: seven online and one by postal services.
You will learn uncontracted braille in this course, and it is important to the blind children or adults in your life that you learn it well. Here are our expectations for the course:
- If you have questions about the lesson or the assignment, be sure to ask your instructor. Submit the assignment, and wait for feedback before doing the next assignment.
- Your assignment will be graded according to the following scale: each error is worth 3 points. An A+ is 99—100 points. An A is 92—98 points. An A- is 90—91 points. A B+ is 88—89 points. A B is 82—87 points. A B- is 80—81 points. A C+ is 78—79 points, a C is 72—77 points and a C- is 70—71 points. You will be required to redo the assignment if you earn a C- or less.
- You may submit an assignment a total of three times (the original and two resubmissions.) Your grade will be lowered one letter grade with each resubmission. The highest grade that can be earned with the first resubmission is a B+ if the grade earned is an A+. The highest grade that can be earned with the second resubmission is a C+ even if the resubmission has no errors.
- You may be asked to redo an assignment if a grade of C is earned. With a resubmission of an assignment that had a grade of C, the grade will not change. The resubmission is suggested to help you practice and improve proofreading skills, which are essential when transcribing materials.
- If you cannot pass an assignment with a grade of C- or better after three attempts, you will be dropped from the course.
- If you earn a final grade of B- or better in this course, you may then proceed to the Contracted Braille course.
- If you do not earn a final grade of B- or better and want to take the "Contracted Braille" course, you are encouraged to practice and review uncontracted braille on your own for a minimum of three months. You are then required to pass the Contracted Braille Assessment before you will be permitted to enroll in the "Contracted Braille" course. This helps both you and the Hadley School know that you have mastered uncontracted braille and are ready to progress to the next course.
Family Education students are expected to submit 1 assignment per month. If you wish to submit more (or fewer) per month, please contact your instructor.
In lessons where content is presented in a different order in different versions, both are listed here.
After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to
a. briefly describe the history of braille
b. describe the braille system of raised dots
c. list advantages of braille literacy for a person who is blind
d. describe devices that are used to produce braille.
After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to visually identify the letters of the alphabet in braille, individually and in words.
After completing Lesson 3 in the print version, you will be able to
a. correctly insert paper into the slate
b. emboss with the slate and stylus
After completing Lesson 3 online, you will be able to
a. use a braillewriter
b. use the Hadley braillewriter simulator
After completing Lesson 4 in the print version, you will be able to
a. identify the mechanics of the braillewriter
b. describe how to emboss on the manual braillewriter
After completing Lesson 4 online, you will be able to
a. use a slate and stylus
b. use the Hadley slate and stylus simulator
After completing Lesson 5 in the print version, you will be able to
a. emboss properly with the braillewriter (if you are learning to braille on a braillewriter)
b. write letters and words in braille
After completing Lesson 5 online, you will be able to write letters and words in braille.
After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to read and braille
a. the capital letter sign
b. the number sign
c. the decimal and dollar signs
After completing Lesson 7, you will be able to read and write the following punctuation in braille:
d. question mark
e. hyphen and dash
After completing Lesson 8, you will be able to read and write the following punctuation in braille:
a. exclamation point
c. colon and semicolon
d. double quotation marks