Community Discovery Braille Day at Blind Beginnings

Some of our Youth Leaders are excited for the opportunity to share their skills with other children and youth who are blind or partially sighted on Saturday February 23! Join us to participate in a braille research study, and also have an opportunity to be introduced to braille music, and/or the slate and stylus!

When: Saturday, February 23 (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm)

Where: Blind Beginnings Office (227 6th Street, New Westminster, BC)

Who: Any Blind Beginnings member who is a braille reader or is interested in learning braille.

One-on-one research sessions will run every hour from 9:00am to 4:00pm, meanwhile our Youth Leaders will be leading sessions on braille music and the slate and stylus for others while they wait for their research timeslot. Plan to join us for the morning session (9am-12pm) or afternoon session (1pm-4pm) to learn some new braille skills.

The Research Study

To participate in the research study, you must be between the ages of 12 and 21. Here is some information about the study conducted by Dr. Cay Holbrook from UBC:

Since the approval of the Unified English Braille Code, little research has been done to explore how mathematics equations are read and interpreted by students who use UEB or Nemeth Code for Mathematics. Researchers will be at our Community Discovery Day and are asking for volunteers between age 12-21 who use braille mathematics. The researchers will ask volunteers to meet with them and read a series of math problems (the task is just to read the math problems, not to solve them). Please see the attached letter and consider volunteering for this task!

Registration

Please RSVP to Lisa at lisa@blindbeginnings.ca and indicate whether you would like to participate in the research study, the other braille sessions, or both. If you are interested in the research study, we will schedule you into a one-hour timeslot. Space is limited and sessions will be booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please note: if you are not age 12-21, you are still more than welcome to come participate in the braille sharing sessions.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the layout of the day, as we understand it may be a bit confusing.

Looking forward to learning and celebrating braille literacy with you!