Books for early Braille readers
What is dAp Dots?
dAp Dots is a collection of Braille books and Braille resources that help with learning and understanding the basics of the UEB Braille code. They are designed to provide an effective foundation to Braille literacy for parents and children.
Who benefits from dAp Dots?
- Braille reading children being introduced to the Braille code.
- Parents/Guardians of Braille reading children.
- Teachers of early Braille reading students.
What resources are available?
There are a range of print at home books available to buy as digital files (to download). You can use these files to produce your own embossed or swell paper books.
Print at home Braille books
All files available on this site can be downloaded and produced by any local blindness agency at little cost. This website also provides 3D printable braille resources that can be printed at most local printing stores (including Officeworks).
Level 1 – 7. Contractions – UEB Braille
Levels 1A to 7A includes the entire UEB literary symbols
Level 8. I Do Like It
A program for students learning to read contracted Braille, it relies on a lot of repetition.
Originally designed as Audio tactile Graphics for a talking tablet. This tablet no longer exists nor the verbal scripts, but the graphics are still intact. A sample of text about the Digestive System is available, to show how much or how little information is required. Scripts could be made yourself from existing knowledge, or obtained by searching the web for appropriate information.
Braille Reference Code
UEB Braille in both Braille and print.
Literary and Maths samples, plus fingering and reference sheets.
ReversalsAnecdotal errors noted during research were due primarily to Braille reversals. Three references have been developed to address this issue.
- a. Common reversals booklet: Reversals Workbook.
- b. Videos on ways to memorise reversals.
- c. 3D Printed Files
Why was dAp Dots created?
Braille books are rarely, if ever, available at book stores or local libraries. dAp Dots intends to make the purchasing and availability of Braille books for Braille reading children easier.
dAp Dots is named after its creator, Tricia d’Apice, a Senior Consultant and Teacher of Vision Impairment at NextSense. With decades of experience teaching Braille, Tricia’s extensive depth of experience and research has given her the knowledge and insight to understand the needs of younger children and their parents while learning Braille.
A recent research project undertaken by Tricia found that Braille reading fluency of 73 students around Australia and New Zealand was many years behind that of their sighted peers. Tricia would like to close this gap by providing high quality literature intended for children and their parents.
The resources created are only available due to the many years Tricia has spent teaching families and novices learn the Braille code.
How to print the books
All files are available digitally in two formats – swell and emboss. The files are intended to be downloaded by you and printed using the correct printing machine. Swell and Emboss versions are available depending on the hardware you have available.
- Print the PDF files ending is S, in COLOUR, colour is for parents
- Print directly onto Swell Paper (Use actual size not fit to page).
- Heat the pages (PIAF, sterocopyer etc.)
- Black Braille and graphics will raise and the print will not raise because of the colour.
- Print the PDF files ending in E (Use actual size not fit to page) for print information for parents
- Load printed paper into embosser
- Emboss .dxb files onto printed file, for Braille and graphics
For those who have access to 3D printing machines you have access to 3D printable files for tactile tools to assist learning the UEB Braille code using dAp Dots.
Other specific guidlines
Never ask the children to guess the picture, always tell them what it is in the first instance and then explore the graphic together.
Graphicacy is as essential in Braille as it is in print. Therefore, tactile maps and graphics are featured heavily in the resources.