The following are resources that teach the braille code. Please contact individual organizations and companies for detailed information and/or prices.
Aschroft's Programmed Instruction in Braille (APIB), 4th Edition updated and revised by Holbrook, D'Andrea and Koenig to include and reflect all the changes of the most recent Braille Authority of North America (BANA) literary braille code updates. Available in print, using simulated braille (i.e., ink print pictures of the dots). Also the APIB Companion Reader in embossed braille includes supplementary reading materials in actual braille with reading exercises coordinated with Chapters 1-10 of APIB. **
P.O. Box 382834
Germantown, TN 38183-2834
Telephone: (901) 727-0001
Fax: (901) 737-2882
Braille Codes and Calculations, by Pesavento. Available in print, with simulated braille. Teaches literary braille and basic Nemeth code. Often used in university programs.
The Braille Tutor, by Kapperman, et al. Computer assisted instruction and refresher course (DOS only) designed for sighted people who have access to a computer and wish to learn braille. **
Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)**
4600 Duke Street, Suite 430
Alexandria, VA 22304
Telephone: (703) 823-9690
Just Enough to Know Better, by Eileen Curran, was designed specifically for parents of blind children who are learning braille. It is not intended to teach all the rules of the literary braille code, but it does introduce all the Grade 2 contractions and points out some common exceptions.
National Braille Press Inc.
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: (617) 266-6160 or (800) 548-7323
Introduction to Braille, a correspondence course offered free of charge through the Hadley School for the Blind. 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.
Hadley School for the Blind
P.O. Box 299
Winnetka, IL 60093
Telephone: (800) 323-4238
Books & Videotapes for Parents
Each of these resources offers valuable information about braille literacy.
For these and other titles of interest to parents of young children who are blind or visually impaired, see the AFB Press online bookstore.
- Instructional Strategies for Braille Literacy, edited by Diane P. Wormsley and Frances Mary D'Andrea
- Beginning with Braille: A Balanced Approach to Literacy, by Anna M. Swenson.
- A Parents' Guide to Special Education for Children with Visual Impairments, edited by Susan LaVenture
American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
Telephone: (800) 232-3044
The Bridge to Braille, by Castellano and Kosman. Gives an overview of reading and writing with braille for young children, and how parents can promote early literacy.
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Telephone: (410) 659-9314
Other Sources of Information
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) sells a variety of code books, and braille transcription manuals for literary braille, Nemeth code, computer braille, music braille, grade three braille, and Spanish and German braille codes. They also sell the official code book for the braille rules, English Braille American Edition, 1994. Revised in 2002.
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
Telephone: (800) 223-1839