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References - Braille in a mainstream setting

Books

Agélii, Margareta & Rönnbäck, Anders
Teaching Braille to beginners by using a computer
Tomteboda Resource Centre, 1998
TRC Report No 17,
ISSN: 1103-5080, ISRN TRC-R--17--SE

Braille Authority of the United Kingdom (BAUK)
British Braille: a restatement of standard English Braille
RNIB, 2004
ISBN: 0901797901

Burns, Mary F
Burns Braille transcription dictionary
AFB, 1991
ISBN: 0891282327

Cooper, Ian
Read sing and play: for the music teachers who wish to help their blind pupils learn the Braille Music Code (3rd ed)
Glenn Publications, 1994
ISBN: 0646193368
Teacher's handbook to accompany the Braille edition.

Danielson, Ena
Mathematics in Braille: a reference book for teachers and students
RVIB, 1991
ISBN: 094939002X
RVIB Burwood Educational Series No 3.

Danielson, Ena
Teach yourself to sight read Braille: a workbook
RVIB, 1990
ISBN: 0949390054
RVIB Burwood Educational Series No 6.

Danielson, Ena & Lamb, Gayle
Beginning reading / writing for Braille or print users: a teacher's guide to the psycholinguistic viewpoint
RVIB, 1983
ISBN: 0949390046
RVIB Burwood Educational Series No 5.

Keil, Sue & Clunies-Ross, Louise
Report of research study into teaching braille to children in schools
RNIB, 2002
A study arising from concerns that there is a decline in braille use in schools in Britain.
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Lorimer, John
Check your Braille: signs and basic rules of grade 2 Braille
RNIB, 1993
ISBN: 1858780225

Lorimer, John
Lorimer Braille recognition test: a test of ability in reading braille contractions
Royal School for the Blind, 1962
Includes Braille insert in one copy

Lorimer, Pam
Reading in Braille: an introductory source for teachers (2nd ed)
RNIB, 1994
ISBN: 1858780446

Lorimer, John; McCall, Steve; Lorimer, Pam
Birmingham Braille course for those wishing to read and write Braille visually: the print workbook
NLB, 1994

Lorimer, John; McCall, Steve; Lorimer, Pam
Birmingham Braille course for those wishing to read and write Braille visually: the rulebook (a guide to the rules of British Braille)
NLB, 1993

Meek, Moira
Read on: Braille materials for the 5-14 curriculum
Scottish Office, 1997
ISBN: 1858781337

Olson, Myrna R
Guidelines and games for teaching efficient Braille reading
AFB, 1981
ISBN: 0891281053
Intended for parents, pre-school workers and teachers of the visually impaired to help young learners acquire Braille skills

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Braille for infants: a preschool and infant level reading scheme: teacher's handbook (rev ed)
RNIB, 2006
Describes a reading scheme and activities for young children beginning to learn Braille.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Braille primer
RNIB, 1992
ISBN: 0901797871
With exercises based on British Braille. Includes "Capitals in British Braille", 1998 supplement.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Braille primer: based on British Braille (rev ed 2005)
RNIB, 2005
ISBN: 1858786576
An up-to-date overview of British Braille split into lessons and exercises.

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Braillists' manual
RNIB, 1991
ISBN: 0901797707

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Information on learning Braille (RNIB Factsheet)
RNIB, 2000
(RNIB Factsheet)

Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Neale analysis of reading ability (NARA): University of Birmingham Braille version
RNIB/NFER-Nelson. 1997
ISBN: 0090006178
Includes: Print manual; Braille manual; Braille book of stories (Form 1); Braille book of stories (Form 2); Braille optional diagnostic test for stories 1 & 2 and 2 packs of Record forms for forms 1 and 2  One copy for Reference only

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
Using the Braille mathematics code
RNIB, 2007
ISBN: 1858786649 9781858786643
Written for teachers this booklet covers the braille needed for maths topics and conventions up to GCSE level.

Sewell, Debra
Assessment kit: kit of informal tools for academic students with visual impairments: part 3: Braille reading assessments for student use
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2001
From the "Basic reading inventory" by Jerry L Johns

Southall, Peter ... [et al]
Simplified version of Braille Mathematics notation
Dorton House, n.d.
A simplified version for primary and lower secondary level mathematics. Includes many examples.

Swenson, Anna M
Beginning with Braille: firsthand experiences with a balanced approach to literacy
AFB, 1999
ISBN: 0891283234
Creative and practical strategies for designing and delivering high quality Braille literacy instruction.

Swenson, Anna & D'Andrea, Frances Mary
Braille trail: an activity book
AFB, 2002
ISBN: 0891288546
A set of games, puzzles and other activities intended to show children the meaning and importance of Braille. Accompanied by a parent /teacher guide.

Tooze, F H G
Tooze Braille speed test: a test of basic ability in reading Braille
College of Teachers of the Blind, 1962
A test which gives a quick appraisal of the child's ability to read Braille characters.

Wesseling, Lisette
Focus on Braille music
Musicians in Focus Ltd, 2004
ISBN: 0954850300
A practical guide to the use of Braille for the notation of music.

Wormsley, Diane P
Braille literacy: a functional approach
AFB, 2003
ISBN: 0891288767

Wormsley, Diane P & D'Andrea, Frances Mary
Instructional strategies for Braille literacy
AFB, 1997
ISBN: 0891289364

 

Videos

Leland, Jon
Understanding Braille literacy
AFB, n.d.
ISBN: 0891282629
Duration 25 mins. Covers the critical components of a successful Braille education programme.  Teachers and students demonstrate how Braille is learned and used from preschool to high school.

Moray House Institute of Education
Let your fingers do the reading
Moray House ETV, 1995
Duration 25 minutes.

Royal National College for the Blind
Mountbatten Brailler: the new standard in braille communication
RNC Enterprises, [1997]

 

Articles

Arter, Christine
Braille dyslexia: Does it exist?
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 1998, Vol 16 (2), p61

Arter, Christine
Braille dyslexia: does it exist?
Visability Spring 1995, No 13, p11-12
An investigation of the possibility of Braille dyslexia in children who succeed in many areas of the curriculum but have unexplained difficulties with reading braille.
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Arter, Chris & Layton, Lyn
Reading preferences of pupils with visual impairment
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2000, Vol 18 (1), p41

Ballesteros, Soledad; Bardisa, Dolores; Millar, Susanna; Reales, Jose M
Haptic test battery: a new instrument to test tactual abilities in blind and visually impaired and sighted children
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2005, Vol 23 (1), p11-24
Describes tests used to assess the perceptual and cognitive abilities of visually impaired children.

Blenkhorn, Paul; Pettit, Stephen; Evans, Gareth
Multi-lingual input to a personal computer using a modified Perkins braille writer
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2001, Vol 19 (1), p17

Clunies-Ross, Louise
Braille: did you know?
Visability Summer 2005, No 44, p27-28
Facts about Braille code and its use reported in a recent RNIB study.

Clunies-Ross, Louise
Windows of perception: a review of the literature concerning uncontracted and contracted literary Braille
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2005, Vol 23 (2), p67-74
A literature review of the Braille debate over grade 1 and grade 2 Braille standards.

Crawford, Shauna; Elliott, Robert T; Hoekman, Katherine
Phoneme, grapheme, onset-rime and word analysis in Braille with young children
British Journal of Visual Impairment Sept 2006, Vol 24 (3), p108-116
A study of sighted children's responses to different methods of teaching Braille letters.

Danby, Brenda
Teaching Braille in a mainstream school
Visability Spring 1995, No 13, p9
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Garscadden, Moira & Fox, Linda
Grade 1 Braille in the spotlight
Insight May/Jun 2008, No 15, p20-22
Focus on grade 1 Braille for early literacy learning.

Gonzalez Garcia, Luis
Assessment of text reading comprehension by Spanish-speaking blind persons
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2004, Vol 22 (1), p4-12
Reading comprehension of visually impaired people using Braille.

Greaney, John & Reason, Rea
Braille reading by children: Is there a phonological explanation for their difficulties?
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2000, Vol 18 (1), p35

Harrison, Frances
Teaching braille to latecomers in the 12-16 age range
British Journal of Visual Impairment Summer 1987, Vol 5 (2), p45-49
Approaches and methods for teaching and motivating youngsters to use Braille.

Hill, E W; Hill, J F; Tobin, Michael J
Braille: oral and silent reading speeds
New Beacon November 1999, No 980, p4-6
Adult Braille readers are tested to see how proficient they are to inform future planning and teaching of Braille skills.

Holbrook, Cay
Print or Braille? Choosing the best medium for young learners
Insight Jul/Aug 2007, No 10, p10-13
Looks at the factors involved in choosing to teach visually impaired children to read by Braille or print.

Jennings, Julie
Print or Braille: decision-making in the choice of the primary literacy medium for pupils with a severe visual impairment
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 1999, Vol 17 (1), p11

Johnston, Dolores
I have mastered the Braille code but no one has taught me how to teach it
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2004, Vol 22 (1), p17-24
Looks at the qualifications and training of staff who teach braille in schools.

Jones, Angela & Wilson, Claire
Debating Braille
Visability Summer 2005, No 44, p28-32
The debate about teaching grade 1 or 2 Braille from two viewpoints.

Keil, Sue
Teaching Braille to children
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2004, Vol 22 (1), p13-16
Looks at the numbers of children learning braille in Britain and the types of teachers involved

Kenworthy, Jan
Breaking the Braille code
Insight Jul/Aug 2007, No 10, p14-17
Describes a case study of a young Braille learner learning grades 1 and 2 side by side.

Lamb, Gayle
Dots for tots: emergent literacy and Braille reading
British Journal of Visual Impairment September 1998, Vol 16 (3), p111

Leong, Susan
Adding more spice to a braille literacy programme
Visability Autumn 2005, No 45, p5-7
Tried and tested activities for children when learning braille and to improve literacy.

Lorimer, Pamela
Hand techniques in reading Braille: synthesis of spatial and verbal elements of reading
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2002, Vol 20 (2), p76

Lumley, Peter
Braille, buns and stink bombs
Insight Jul/Aug 2007, No 10, p20-22
Follow-up on a young girl making progress with Braille and beginning to use a computer.

Lumley, Peter
Early Braille literacy
Insight May/June 2006, No 3, p12-17
Follows a young blind pupil as she progresses through her first term at a mainstream primary.

Randall, Alice Chenneour
Working with learners with specific Braille learning difficulties
Insight Jan/Feb 2007, No 7, p30-32
An investigation into possible dyslexia experienced by some Braille users.

Rogers, Sue
Learning Braille and print together: the mainstream issues
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 2007, Vol 25 (2), p120-132
A study of children in mainstream schools who are accessing the curriculum using a combination of Braille and print resources.

Shipway, Jane
Capital offence: Does Braille capitalisation affect reading performance?
British Journal of Visual Impairment May 1999, Vol 17 (2), p54

Stone, Juliet
Reading through Braille
Visability Spring 1995, No 13, p5
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Timothy, Jil
Being bilingual and blind
Insight Mar/Apr 2006, No 2, p26-28
A teacher discusses her experiences working with a young Braillist in Wales, using both Welsh and English.

Tobin, Michael J ... [et al]
Issue of Braille capitalisation in the UK: the BAUK survey 1996
British Journal of Visual Impairment Spring 1997, Vol 15 (1), p5

Wells-Jensen, Sheri; Gosche, Bradley; Burke, Sean
Writing of braille: hand, finger, and frequency effects on error and accuracy patterns
British Journal of Visual Impairment January 2008, Vol 26 (1), p82-98
A case study of one expert braillist to discover patterns of error and accuracy.

Wetzel, Robin & Knowlton, Marie
Comparison of print and Braille reading rates on three reading tasks
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Mar 2000, Vol 94, p146-154
Compares oral reading, silent reading and studying tasks amongst adult readers of braille and print.

Wilson, Claire
Could Braille help your child?
Look Spring 2006, No 43, p20-24
Discusses whether Braille use should be encouraged more often for children who are struggling with very large print.

Wilson, Claire
Encouraging braillists to become bookworms: what’s new ... and what next?
Visability Spring 1999, No 25, p15
An update on reading schemes for children who are learning to read Braille.
Weblink

 

Books in or about Braille for Children

Book about me
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Ferrazzano, Beatrice & Botta, M Rosaria
Like a tiny little ant
Tactus, 2004
ISBN: 2911782925
Story for children with tactile graphics and Braille text. Winner of the 2004 Tactus award (7-12 years category). 

Fitzsimons, Stella
Spot the dot: a course for latecomers to Braille (pupils of average ability between the ages of 12 and 16)
RNIB, 1988
Books 1-3, 7-12 (Braille) and Teacher's Handbook (Braille)

Hill, Eric
Where's Spot?  (Braille edition)
Ventura, 1980
ISBN: 090179726X
Picture book with braille text.

Inkpen, Mick
Blue balloon
American Printing House for the Blind, 1993
Tactile book with braille text.

Keller, Holly
Geraldine's blanket
American Printing House for the Blind, 1993
Tactile book with braille text.

Lorimer, John
Braille in easy steps: a course for latecomers to Braille (pupils of average ability between the ages of 10 and 14)
RNIB, 1988
ISBN: 0901797340
Books 1-14 (Braille), Teachers Handbook (Print) and Teacher's handbook (Braille)

Mantacheti, Tiziana
Ladybird goes to the mountain
Tactus, 2004
ISBN: 2911782828
Story for young children with movable tactile graphics and Braille text. Winner of the 2004 Tactus award (under 7 years category). 

Ripley, Marion
Choosy Charlie: a book for children with clever fingers
ClearVision, 1998
ISBN: 1858782430
Suitable for visually impaired children who are developing tactile skills. Should be used with adult supervision.

Ripley, Marion
Giant's boot: a book for children with clever fingers
ClearVision, 1998
ISBN: 1858782422
Suitable for visually impaired children who are developing tactile skills. Should be used with adult supervision.

Ripley, Marion & Backhouse, Colin
Private and confidential
Frances Lincoln, 2003
ISBN: 1845070518
Children's story about two penfriends where one of them turns out to be blind. Picture book with standard text.

Stratton, Josephine
Caterpillar
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Stratton, Josephine M
Bumpy rolls away
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette
Gobs and gobs of gum
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette
Jennifer's messes
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette
Longest noodle
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette
Roly-poly man
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette
Silly squiggles
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette
That terrible awful day
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette
That's not my bear
American Printing House for the Blind, 1993
Tactile book with braille text.

Wright, Suzette & Stratton, Josephine M
Something special
American Printing House for the Blind, 1991
Tactile book with braille text.