Continuing braille

Our range of 'Continuing with braille' courses are designed to help children and young people progress through to learning the completed contracted braille code.

We are currently updating our children's braille courses for the implementation of Unified English Braille (UEB) [link to UEB page] and some may be unavailable. Please email education@rnib.org.uk for further information and visit our online shop to order.

Take off            

Take off develops phonic skills, and knowledge of braille contractions and wordsigns. It also encourages enjoyment of reading and writing. The course takes the learner to the end of contracted (grade 2) braille.

Each series is identified by the colour of the cover and tactile illustrations. A print version of the capitalised braille text appears on facing pages throughout to encourage shared reading at home and school.

Each booklet contains a practice page and story; booklets in series 1 to 10 also include a "fun page" of activities to encourage braille writing.

The Take Off teachers' handbook contains the complete text of the braille booklets as well as notes on the braille signs being taught, notes on encouraging good reading technique and a list of additional resources.

Abi books

Abi books feature the adventures of a six year old blind girl. A print version of the text appears on facing pages to encourage paired reading, and enables parents and others to enjoy the books with the braille learner. Capitalised braille is used throughout.

The booklets have tactile pictures on the covers, and the humorous stories and experiences of the central character will appeal to the young reader.

The Abi books teachers' handbook is available in print and braille and must be ordered separately. It contains the complete text of all the stories.

Get going

The Get going scheme is designed for the learner who needs to progress at a slower pace. It was developed with Scottish funding and contains many stories incorporating Scottish culture.

The print version of the stories is shown on facing pages to help with paired reading and capital letters are indicated in the braille. Get Going comprises 30 books - five books in each of the six series.

The Get going teachers' handbook is available in print and braille

Continuing braille course combinations

Our continuing braille courses can be used in the following combinations:

  • Take off series 1 to 6 can be used with Abi books 1 to 40
  • Take off series 1 to 2 can be used with Abi books 1 to 20
  • Take off series 3 to 5 can be used with Abi books 21 to 30
  • Tale off series 5 to 6 can be used with Abi books 31 to 40.
  • Take off series 1 to 3 and Abi books 1 to 25 can be used with Get going series 1 to 3.

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