Did you know that over 375,000 Australians are blind or visually impaired and the number is projected to grow to 564,000 by 2030?
Chances are some of those people live in your community or you may have received enquiries about borrowing books in braille and did not know where to start.
Accessing an appropriate blind or visually impaired library service is easy via Braille House in Brisbane. Staffed primarily by volunteers, the Queensland Braille Writing Association (QBWA) has been teaching and creating braille since 1897.
Why is braille so helpful?
Braille is brilliant because it empowers people who are blind or have low vision to be literate. Those tiny dots support them to live independently, attain their desired level of education, increase their chances for employment and enable them to interact with communities just like everyone else. Even though text-to-speech technology is helpful for people who are blind or have low vision, braille offers powerful benefits, including the ability to navigate public areas, ensure the taking of the right medication in the right dose and the ability to interact in the workplace independently (e.g. through braille labels to identify tea and coffee).
What’s on offer?
Operating out of Braille House in Annerley, Brisbane, QBWA offers an extensive free library of books and magazines in braille as well as in moon script (a clean script with significant white space). Books are sent to and from borrowers through the post for free in bags with reversible address labels. This is an Australia-wide service.
If someone in your community would like to borrow braille, why not explore the Braille House website and find out more about the organisation and the range of services and resources available. A request for service is available on the website.
You can contact Queensland Braille Writing Association at:
507 Ipswich Road
Annerley QLD 4103
Phone: (07) 3848 5257