Braille Bits

What is Braille Bits?

Braille Bits is an introductory class that is flexible and convenient, supportive and structured.

Braille Bits is a correspondence-guided class conducted by the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, providing braille lessons online or by mail. Lessons are guided by a Certified Braillist through the Library of Congress, so you’ll get help and support when you need it. Braille Bits is intended to familiarize the student with the braille system, with braille contractions and their usage, and with the rules of braille. Rules are set forth by the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) and by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) and published in The Rules of Unified English Braille (UEB).

Throughout these braille lessons, examples are presented in simulated braille (dots reproduced in print). Please take time to study and memorize them carefully. Memorize, memorize, memorize. Rules will slowly be introduced as you proceed through each lesson. Each lesson will build on the knowledge you gain in each of your lessons. There is absolutely no set time for completion of each lesson. However, it is preferred to complete a lesson every 2 weeks.

If you are interested in participating in Braille Bits, please contact Denise Bean, 515-452-1338,

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