Uncontracted (grade 1) braille translates each individual print  letter, number or punctuation mark into a braille sign.

It is great for basic labelling of objects like CDs or canned food in the cupboard.

The alphabet in print and the braille equivalent below each letter

Who learns and uses uncontracted braille?

Uncontracted braille is relatively easy to learn.

Many learners start by studying the basic dot combinations for the letters of the alphabet, the main punctuation signs and the numbering system. 

Many blind and partially sighted people will then go on to learn contracted braille, especially if they want to read and write longer documents. Uncontracted braille and contracted braille is produced in most countries. Over recent years there has been increased production of uncontracted braille in several European countries. This is to increase readership and encourage more blind and partially sighted people to learn it.

Read more about learning braille.