We are the not-for-profit Bristol Braille Technology CIC.
Our team of sighted and blind people work with the Braillists Foundation to design and make Braille reading equipment for our blind community. Now we are repurposing this equipment to help those effected by lockdown.
Only 25% of blind people are employed. Those who learn Braille are twice as likely to be employed. Post-pandemic, we are staring into the face of a deep recession, where unemployment will be high, so it is more vital than ever that Braille provision and teaching continues.
That is what we are going to provide to our community.
We have developed the revolutionary new Canute 360, the world's only affordable full-page Braille display. We released this earlier this year, just before the pandemic put a halt to further production.
Since the pandemic Bristol Braille worked with our charitable partner, the Braillists Foundation, to provide support to self isolating blind people across the country. We have seen how many people have had access to learning and reading resources restricted. Many people who wish to continue to learn Braille to further their education or career have been stymied by the lockdown.
Therefore we have decided we will make a full package of Braille learning and reading equipment available for members of the blind community. We will use our extensive experience of Braille and our close connections to the community to deliver this, and deliver it fast.
The centre piece of this will be full-page electronic Braille displays pre-loaded with learning courses for Braille, sheet music in Braille, and over three hundred books for practice and pleasure.
Accompanying this will be Braille writing equipment called the pocket frame, for taking notes and following along with courses, as well as Braille typewriters and tactile diagrams.
Those who receive this package will be invited to attend regular remote Braille lessons held by the Braillists Foundation. Bristol Braille will support the expansion of these learning courses and adapt our physical Braille packages to fit their requirements.
We will circulate these full packages of Braille equipment amongst dozens of individuals, with three Canute 360 machines out and being used at any one time, the others back to be repaired or loaded with new content. We will also send thirty sets of pocket frames to learners to keep.
At Bristol Braille we regard it as our duty to prevent blind citizens from slipping behind their sighted friends and colleagues, simply because provision wasn't made for them to continue their education in Braille in this time of world-wide crisis.
We'd love you to help us do that.
The team at Bristol Braille Technology CIC