Online Braille Courses

These braille courses are for sighted family members and professionals who want to learn braille. They range from simple introductions to rigorous courses for aspiring certified braille transcribers.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
For those who want to become braille transcribers, NFB's Jernigan Institute administers the Braille Transcriber Certification Training Program for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Details about the program are at this site.
BRL is "an online instructional program that provides teachers, parents, social workers, and current/future braille transcribers with … online courses in braille and braille transcribing."
Paths to Literacy
Includes free braille lessons for families.
Hadley School for the Blind
A list of braille courses including an introduction to uncontracted and contracted braille for parents and teachers; participants will learn to read visually and communicate in writing with students who read braille.

Web-Based Organizations and Resources

The mission of the National Braille Association is "to provide continuing education to those who prepare braille, and to provide braille materials to persons who are visually impaired."


learning to read Braille

Posted by DeLois Gum (not verified)

I am a senior adult with macular degeneration and I would like to learn to read Braille before I'm completely blind. Is it possible to learn Braille at home?

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Learning to Read Braille at Home

Posted by Charlotte@Perkins

Many people do learn to read braille at home, although most people find it easier to work with a rehabilitation counselor.  Contact the Commission for the Blind or whatever the organization is in your state and they should be able to recommend someone to work with you.  A number of the online braille courses are for people who are sighted (teachers, family members, etc.) and people learn to read braille visually rather than tactually.  For more information about learning braille as an adult, see: All About Braille from Vision Aware

You may also prefer to use auditory strategies for reading and writing.  Vision Aware offers some helpful information about that too:

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