After three years of hard work by a team of dedicated people across several organisations, a significant milestone has been achieved for braille users in New Zealand.
On 6 October 2018 at their annual AGM and conference, Blind Citizens launched the Strategic Framework for the Provision of Braille Services, following a resolution that was passed at their 2015 AGM and conference.
The framework is a unique collaboration between Blind Citizens New Zealand, the Blind Foundation, the Braille Authority of New Zealand Aotearoa Trust (BANZAT) and the Blind and Low-Vision Education Network of New Zealand (BLENNZ).
The framework aims to promote braille as the primary literacy medium for people who are blind or have low vision by providing guidance for delivering a consistent and integrated approach to braille in New Zealand for both users and producers.
A key focus is to promote the relevance of braille in the ever-changing technological landscape of today, and to ensure everyone has access to braille reading material and teaching resources wherever and whenever they need them. This includes promoting the use of electronic braille displays such as the Orbit Reader 20, and 3D printed braille and tactile resources for new braille learners.
You can download accessible copies of the framework below, or phone our National Contact Centre for a copy in braille, audio, e-text or large print. You can also visit the Blind Citizens New Zealand website to find out more.
The Blind Foundation proudly endorses the framework and has many braille-related services and activities on offer. To find out more, visit our braille page for information on learning and reading braille, and our online shop for braille equipment and games. To talk with someone about learning or using braille in your everyday life, call our Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33.