These two booklets have been produced by ClearVision to help sighted adults support children who are learning braille. Anyone is welcome to download and distribute them (provided the booklet is produced in its entirety and given away, not sold). They’re free, but we would appreciate it if you could make a donation through the ‘Support Us’ page of this website.
Crack the Code is a puzzle book for sighted parents, school staff and anyone else interested in learning to read uncontracted (grade 1) braille by sight. 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 anyone who might be put off by anything resembling a text book!
A Braille Reader in the Family is a booklet for parents. It contains 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 knowledge of braille – although parents are encouraged to learn the alphabet. Many children will be the only person they know learning braille, so the booklet also includes positive quotes from braille readers of all ages.
ClearVision was awarded the prestigious Quentin Blake Award back 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, but we still have a few copies. Please get in touch if you would find it useful.
ClearVision’s Patron is author and former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine OBE. During her time as Laureate, Anne set up a scheme called My Home Library to encourage children to have their own little library at home. You can read more about it at www.myhomelibrary.org. Anne, with support from fellow authors Jacqueline Wilson, J.K Rowling, Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman and the St James’ Place Foundation set up the ClearVision My Home Library Scheme. It gives four free books to every child who joins the library.