Braille: embossed dots literacy

Braille offers another accessibility option for readers, but what are the latest news and innovations for the system?
Braille. A woman's hand reading Braille.

How is Braille produced and how are these tiny dots distributed throughout the community? There seems to be renewed interest in this form of communication.

There will be a new series of children’s books, funded by Vision Australia, which will be the first children’s Braille books to be sold in Australian mainstream bookstores and taught in primary schools. The books will feature both Braille and text, and tell the stories of Australians who have low vision or blindness. There have been three published so far – Surfing in the Dark, about record-holding cycling Paralympian and world champion surfer, Matt Formston, Cooking up a Storm, which focuses on Craig Shanahan, who owns and operates a café, and Dressed for Success, which tells the tale of designer Nikki Hind, who has her own fashion label, Blind Grit.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on