Developing Early Braille Literacy

This is a three part webinar that provides participants with the knowledge and skills on how to work with a young early braille user. 


Course Code:   CPE19EBL-W

Course Information

“Literacy begins to develop at birth, it does not wait until a child reads his first word or even until he opens his first book.  Literacy is a basic process, set in motion long before actual reading and writing takes place and it involves all of the child’s development.” (Stratton and Wright (1991))

This is a three part webinar that provides participants with the knowledge and skills on how to work with a young early braille user.

The following topics are covered:

  • Literacy
  • Know the learner
  • Stages of reading development
  • Braille literacy skills
  • Differences between print and braille
  • Braille literacy: Where to begin
  • Braille literacy – What are we aiming for?
  • Introducing braille reading
  • Touch: Some considerations
  • Producing braille texts






Completing the  Developing Early Braille Skills course will contribute 2 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing  1.2.2, 1.3.2, 1.5.2, 3.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


  • Dr Frances Gentle
    Dr Frances Gentle is a Conjoint Lecturer with the RIDBC Renwick Centre, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, in affiliation with Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle. She is also President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI; Immediate Past President of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment (SPEVI), and Convening Editor of the SPEVI journal. Frances has around 30 years of experience as an educator in the field of disability in Australia and internationally, with 20 years of specialisation in education of children with blindness and low vision.





These are accessible and convenient to be viewed at any time. These sessions are presented by local staff at RIDBC, as well as national and international experts. If a course or webinar is accredited through either The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), formerly known as BOSTES, AG Bell or Audiology Australia, it will be indicated within the description of the webinar. If you are unsure and would like further information regarding accreditation, please contact Carla Silveira, Events and Administration Coordinator (


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