Learning braille

Anyone can learn braille and, like anything else, the more you practice, the better you get. We offer a range of courses and training sessions, as well as some free resources and fun introductions to braille.

We believe braille is a vital tool for anyone who is blind or partially sighted. Whatever age you are, why not give learning braille a go.  Don't just take our word for it that learning braille is worth it. Listen to what braille users of all ages say about how they found learning braille:

Ways to learn braille

Learning the braille code is relatively simple, although it can take a while to train your fingers to sense the dots by touch. Whether you are learning braille for yourself or to support someone else, we have resources that can help you. Our learning section has a wealth of information about learning braille and the courses and support we can provide, including learning resources for both touch and sight learners.

Losing your sight?

If you're losing your sight and you're considering learning braille, we'd recommend that you learn braille by touch rather than by sight. If you need support coming to terms with your sight condition, you can call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or email helpline@rnib.org.uk

Braille or Moon?

Moon is an alternative to braille. It uses raised shapes to represent letters and words. It can be considered easier to learn than braille, especially for those who lose their sight later in life. It can also be useful for people who have sight loss and learning difficulties.

Try braille for yourself:

Braille alphabet card

The braille alphabet card shows the embossed braille alphabet, punctuation marks and numbers, together with the print translation. You can order one free copy of the English card from our online shop or call 0303 123 9999. If you would like multiple copies of the card there will be a small charge. For details of the Welsh alphabet card, please call 0303 123 9999.

RNIB online shop

Shop online for a wide range of products that you need to remain independent. From talking scales to tactile labels, mobile phones to magnifiers, we can help you keep doing the things you love.

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