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Queensland Braille Writing Association

Dots for Life - We Teach and Create Braille

'Learning Braille has opened up my world  ... As an adult having to learn to live a completely new life it can be challenging. With Braille I can send and receive email ...  read the news and events happening in the world, read books and am learning to take my own affairs back. Braille gives me the ability to live an independent life again.'

(Quoted from a letter of appreciation from a Braille House student who lost both her sight and her hearing due to a sudden severe illness)

Your donation helps us to grow and maintain Braille House as a Centre of Excellence in the production and teaching of Braille; it is a hub of activity providing expert tuition and tactual reading materials to people who are blind or have low vision.

More specifically, by giving you help us to:

  • Keep pace with advances in technology;
  • Develop and deliver targeted individual tutoring programs;
  • Enable people who can no longer read print to have access to text;
  • Respond to special requests.

Our services include:

  • A lending library of Braille and Moon books and magazines
  • Tuition in Braille and Moon
  • Production of tactual materials, such as: texts for use in schools, additions to our library, legal documents, recipes, financial reports and statements, birthday and special event cards, business cards, meeting notes

Braille continues to be the most common form of tactual reading and writing. Audio information is not sufficient for literacy. Children and adults who are blind still need a literacy tool. They still need to learn to read, spell, punctuate and interpret written language just like everyone else. You can't learn spelling and punctuation from audio text; it's as simple as that.

The use of digital technology, especially audio screen readers has greatly increased the access to on-screen information for people who are blind. However, for people who are deaf as well as blind, and who cannot benefit from audio, Braille is absolutely essential.

QBWA (Braille House) is a not-for-profit organisation which began in 1897. Our mission statement "To provide Braille and Moon tuition and reading material to empower people who are blind or who have low vision to live with dignity and independence" has not changed but our means and methods certainly have.

Why we need donations

We need to fundraise at least $200,000 annually to undertake our work - but we can use more to do more. Additional funding through fee for service and Government represents less than a third of what we need to support the needs of children and adults who are blind or have low vision in Australia.

We greatly appreciate any one-off or ongoing donation you can give to keep Braille House going.

Contact Details

507 Ipswich Road
ANNERLEY QLD, 4103

0738485257
Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.