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).

Read along with children

The primary benefit of dAp Dots books is that parents or guardians can learn the Braille code with their infants. The content intended for sighted parents or guardians is printed in different colours and will not be raised and felt by anyone reading the Braille. Blind parents who cannot read Braille, can access a Word file with a screen reader.

Access to high quality books

The simple act of purchasing books is not the same for parents of braille reading infants – these parents cannot walk into a bookshop or local library to buy or borrow a braille book their child will love. We want to change that.

Low cost

We hope to provide low cost books to parents, teachers and schools so that children have more access to literacy and can foster a love for reading.

Resources

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.

Tactile Graphics

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.

Checklists

Literary and Maths samples, plus fingering and reference sheets.

Reversals

Anecdotal 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.

Swell paper

  1. Print the PDF files ending is S, in COLOUR, colour is for parents
  2. Print directly onto Swell Paper (Use actual size not fit to page).
  3. Heat the pages (PIAF, sterocopyer etc.)
  4. Black Braille and graphics will raise and the print will not raise because of the colour.

Embossing

  1. Print the PDF files ending in E (Use actual size not fit to page) for print information for parents
  2. Load printed paper into embosser
  3. Emboss .dxb files onto printed file, for Braille and graphics

3D Printing

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.

Who do I contact for any assistance?

Please use the contact us here if you have any questions or need assistance.