On 20th September 2011 ClearVision celebrated not only the charity's 25th birthday but also the launch of its new 'Touchlines' collection of books on a sport and healthy living theme. The Touchlines project has the Inspire Mark – the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme.
These two booklets have been produced by ClearVision to help sighted adults support children who are learning braille.
Crack the Code is a puzzle book for sighted parents, LSAs, and anyone else who is interested in learning to sight read uncontracted (grade 1) braille. It is full of activities, puzzles and jokes designed to introduce the braille alphabet, simple punctuation and numbers and will only take a couple of hours to complete. Crack the Code is designed to look like the kind of puzzle book sold in newsagents - to encourage people who might be put off by anything resembling a text book!
A Braille Reader in the Family is our new booklet for parents. Similar in appearance to Crack the Code, it contains brief information about braille and tips on how to help a child who is or who will be learning braille. The activities and games have been suggested by teachers and parents, and most do not require a knowledge of braille – although parents are encouraged to learn the alphabet. The booklet also includes positive quotes from braille readers of all ages.
ClearVision has a limited number of print copies to give away but you are welcome to download and make as many copies as you like, provided they are only ever given away and that the booklet is reproduced in its entirety. Please note that this is a large file to download and the screen may be blank for a minute or two.
It would be very useful for possible future reprints to receive comments on the content and to have an idea of how many copies you have made of the booklet.
For individual A4 pages use this link: Crack the Code (2mb; A Braille Reader in the Family (472kb)
To make A5 booklets use this link and print double-sided on A4 sheets before collating and folding: Crack the Code (224kb) A Braille Reader in the Family (8mb)
ClearVision was awarded the prestigious Quentin Blake Award in 2007. We used the grant to produce a CD showcasing braille readers of all ages and backgrounds enjoying ClearVision books with their families, friends, teachers and classmates. As well as promoting braille and enabling young braille readers to hear other braillists reading aloud, we hope the CD will help parents to feel more confident about reading to their children. The CD has been distributed free to all members of the ClearVision library.
Please get in touch if you think you would find the CD useful.
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