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Information about braille courses

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CNIB's braille courses 

Courses are available for print and braille readers unless otherwise indicated*.

CNIB clients and family are eligible for 50% reduction in the course fee.

How the courses work:

  • Courses are conducted via correspondence
  • Students work at their own pace
  • There is recommended completion time for each course although exceptions may be considered
  • Course material in print or braille is provided in hardcopy or via download 
  • Course material is mailed out once payment has been accepted
  • Please indicate if you require the material in regular print, braille or large print
  • Instructors are available for consultation via email
  • Braille assignments are completed using Perky Duck (a free download braille program with six-key entry) or a manual brailler* 
  • Assignments are sent electronically to brailleroom@cnib.ca or hard copies are mailed to the Braille Room, CNIB, 1929 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON M4G 3E8
  • Errors must be corrected before the next lesson’s assignments will be accepted

How to enroll:

  • Enroll in a course any time of year
  • Registration and payment is required for enrolment
  • Include CNIB client number for the discount
  • Payment can be made with by credit card, debit or money order
  • Course fees are non-refundable unless written notice of withdrawal is received within 30 days of enrolment. A refund will be issue, minus a $30 administration fee and an additional charge for the course material
  • Email braille.certification@cnib.ca to submit proof of certification, where required
  • Complete enrollment form, certification courses and tests
  • Test are marked using the demerit marking system out of 100
  • Passing grade on tests is 90
  • Certification is based on test results
  • Prerequisite to writing a test is that all assignments have been completed and corrected
  • The Transcribers test is issued when your instructor recommends the candidate to write the test

Equipment required:

  • Computer with Windows operating software
  • Braille software with six-key entry, available for free download
  • OR a manual brailler with 40 cells per line and 25 lines per page

Contact Information:

Email: braille.certification@cnib.ca
Mail: Braille certification, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4G 3E8