A Touch of Braille: A Brief Intro to Braille System

Event Date(s): 
Monday, September 19, 2016
Event Time: 
10:00am - 12:00pm
Sight Connection located at 9709 3rd Avenue NE, Suite 100, Seattle

Have you ever wondered:

  • What is braille?
  • Should I learn braille now that my vision is getting worse?
  • What can braille do for me?
  • Would I be able to learn braille?

To get answers to your questions or just to satisfy your curiosity, come join us for an exciting 2-hour brief introduction to braille system.

Overview of Workshop

This 2-hour workshop is intended to give you a brief look into the braille system and how learning braille may help you with your daily activities.

We will explore with you:

  • How braille was created
  • Introduction to the braille cell, letters of the alphabet , and numbers
  • Having fun with the first 10 letters of the alphabet through practice exercise sheets
  • Show and tell of various ways that braille could be helpful in our daily lives
  • Questions and answers

Background information of instructors

Dianne Farrell, TVI

Dianne has worked with blind and visually impaired adults and children as a vocational counselor and a teacher of the visually impaired for several years. In these positions, she has worked with people with varying degrees of vision loss and other disabilities. Her personal experience with deteriorating vision and eye conditions, she feels, will enhance her ability to assist learners in finding helpful strategies to overcome their challenges. Dianne acquired her braille skills as an adult and has incorporated it into her professional and personal lives. She hopes to share her love and enthusiasm for braille with you.

Keiko Namekata, CVRT

Keiko has worked with blind and visually impaired adults for over 40 years in Illinois and Washington States in various capacities; including teaching braille and other communication skills and managing the center-based alternative skills training program with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind. Since her retirement in December of 2014, she has been volunteering at Sight Connection in various capacities. She hopes to incorporate braille as one of the unique services offered by Sight Connection to the community. She has used braille both professionally and personally throughout her life. One of her greatest pleasures now is reading print-braille books with her 18 month old grandson.

The workshop information is also available in a printable two-page pdf.

Download the Touch of Braille Workshop information sheet here.

Please call Sight Connection at (206) 525-5556 if you’d like to attend or if you have questions. You can also email Keiko Namekata at knamekata@SightConnection.org. Please remember to leave your name, phone number and/or email address so we can reach you to confirm.