National Braille Week Blog

Find out what Royal Blind and other organisations have been doing for National Braille Week on our blog.


Scottish Braille Press introduces Unified English Braille

Alan Balfour

Today the Scottish Braille Press introduces Unified English Braille (UEB). In the past, the Braille code in English (SEB) had had variations from one country to another.

Posted: 01/12/2015


Andrew's heartfelt poem about Braille

Andrew reading his poem

A heartfelt and deeply moving poem by Royal Blind School’s Andrew Pettigrew (14) was recently acclaimed during National Braille Week.

Posted: 22/10/2015 | Education


National Braille Week celebrated at Scottish Parliament

Alex Salmond MP and performer Amy Moar

For this year’s National Braille Week, Royal Blind was invited to the Scottish Parliament by Dennis Robertson MSP to hold an exhibition on the 6-8th of October, and to host an event celebrating the development of braille on the 6th of October.  

Posted: 14/10/2015 | Education


Dennis Robertson MSP says Braille is about more than books

Dennis Robertson MSP and his guide dog, Mr Q, in the Scottish Parliament

Scottish politician Dennis Robertson, the first blind Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), talks to Royal Blind about why Braille is still so important to him in everyday life, despite the advances in technologies.

Posted: 09/10/2014


Braille: A Dotted History

Braille Text

Braille is a code by which all languages may be written and read. Through its use, people who are blind or visually impaired can read the written word.

Posted: 08/10/2014


Jenni Fagan talks books and Braille

Jenni Fagan launches National Braille Week

To launch National Braille week we met award winning writer of The Panopticon Jenni Fagan, on a bright and blustery Portobello Beach. Jenni was speaking at the Portobello Book Festival but took time out to support National Braille Week and discuss her work with writers who have visual impairments.

Posted: 07/10/2014


A Brailliant visit from Sue Reid Sexton!

Sue Reid Sexton reading at the Royal Blind School

This year's National Braille Week got off to a flying start with support from two leading authors. Granta Best Young British Novelist Jenni Fagan launched the week during the Portobello Book Festival (more here), then we had a fantastic visit to our services from historical novelist Sue Reid Sexton.

Posted: 07/10/2014 | Education


Spot the Dots for National Braille Week!

Spot the Dots for National Braille Week!

It's time for National Braille Week 2014!

There are many ways to get involved - but one of them is to tweet or send us photos of braille that you spot in everyday life for our #spotthedot gallery!

Posted: 06/10/2014


National Braille Week: celebrate all things dotty

a braille press

Every year Royal Blind dedicates a week to the dots. National Braille Week raises awareness of the tactile code that cracked open the written world to millions of blind and partially sighted people across the world. The week will take place from October 6 – 12 this year, coinciding with World Sight Day on Thursday 9th October, and we encourage as many people as possible to get involved and help us spread the word on braille and other alternative formats.

Posted: 03/09/2014


Libby Clegg Launches National Braille Week Exhibition

Libby Clegg Launches National Braille Week Exhibition

Paralympic athlete and former Royal Blind School pupil Libby Clegg spoke at our National Braille Week exhibition about her experience of using Braille and other alternative formats. This was Libby's first engagement for Royal Blind since she was appointed Brand Ambassador

Libby said:

"I've been tryinging to brush up on my Braille for National Braille Week. I don’t think me and my brothers were the best Braille students, it’s so hard! I am trying to get better though." 

Posted: 13/10/2013