A student reading braille.

About Braille Literacy

Literacy is more than reading words on a page. It involves connecting written words to meaning. This requires an understanding of spoken language, as well as knowing how spoken language can be represented using written symbols—print letters or braille.

Braille Buzz

BrailleBuzz is an instructional toy for young braille learners ages two to five. It encourages practice with braille characters and phonics, similar to a variety of audio-based toys that teach print writing.

On the Way to Literacy

On the Way to Literacy contains extensive information on selecting and reading aloud from appropriate books and providing children opportunities to use the tools for writing in braille or print.

Web Chase

An originally designed board game by APH that is intended to develop important tactile skills within a fun, recreational context.

Six Little Dots Card Game

Six Dots Game of Cards offers 42 colorful tactile cards, each belonging to one of seven different texture “families” (names in print and braille on each card).

Building on Patterns (BOP) Teaching Series

The Building on Patterns series addresses phonemic awareness (ability to hear and interpret sounds in speech), phonics (the association of written symbols with the sounds they represent), comprehension, fluency, and oral vocabulary, all of which have been identified as important for reading instruction.

BrailleBlaster – Free Software for Creating Braille

BrailleBlaster™ is a braille transcription program developed by the APH to help transcribers provide blind students with braille textbooks on the first day of class. This software is free-of-charge and can be used by anyone for simple or sophisticated braille transcription — or for simply exploring braille!