By: Carmen Willings
Updated March 11, 2018
There are a number of online resources that provide braille materials or resources related to learning the braille code. The following is a list of the online resources I have found. If there are other online braille resources you are aware of, please let me know so I may add them to this list.
The Braille Authority of North America promotes and facilitates the use, teaching and production of braille. It publishes rules, interprets and renders opinions pertaining to braille. Publications include the Literary Braille, Computer Braille, Nemeth code, Chemistry Code, Music Code and References on Updates. provides publications available for download.
The Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. They offer free programs, classes and services in Southern California, but also offer online resources about vision loss.
Duxbury provides downloadable braille charts at no charge. The charts are meant for summary reference only as there are many rules for producing braille. In addition, they provide Perky Duck at no charge. Perky Duck is a computer based Perkins brailler emulator. It is designed to be used for distance education programs, particularly Internet-based situations. It allows users to create electronic braille files on their computer through six key input. These braille files can then be printed, embossed or emailed to an instructor for examination and grading. Perky Duck has no translation capabilities and very little formatting -- essentially space bar, back space, and return key.
Visit the APH site to sign children up for the Imagination Library program! APH and Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation have developed a partnership to expand the Imagination Library program to children who are blind and visually impaired by providing print/braille and audio books to children!
The Braille Bug site from the American Foundation for the Blind, is a GREAT resource to expose sighted peers to braille. It provides fun facts as well as activities to help peers learn about braille. Encourage the student to help teach the braille code to his or her sighted classmates!
The Braille Challenge® is the only national reading and writing contest in braille for blind and visually impaired students. Contests include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling and reading tactile charts and graphs.
The National Braille Association provides continuing education to
those who prepare braille and to provide braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Library of Congress provides a free correspondence course to certify Braille transcribers. They offer a wide variety of braille books on loan. NLS has also compiled a directory in large print and braille formats which provides names of volunteer groups and individuals who transcribe and record books and other reading materials for people who are blind. They provide an alphabetical listing by state.
Seedlings is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children. There are over1200 books available. In addition to books, they also sell gifts including charms, pins, keychain, playing cards, clothing, and canvas book bags.
UEBOnline is an online braille training program for sighted learners who want to learn Unified English Braille. Since Unified English Braille has been adopted by many countries and replaces standard English braille, teachers of students with visual impairments and parents will need to learn and practice the braille code.
Become a member for FREE to access the Printable VI Program Templates to support your district's vision program. Simply click on Log In|Register in the navigation bar at the top of the page and follow the directions to register and create your password.
Due to the nationwide shortage of vision professionals, it can be challenging to locate personnel. Announce a job vacancy on the Job Exchange of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, an online listing of jobs specific to the visual impairment field.