Connect the Dots: LightHouse Promotes Braille

Learn to Put Style in Your Slate and Stylus – Improve Your Slating Skills Workshop
Braille aficionados say there’s nothing like the simplicity of the always-available slate and stylus to jot down an email or take class notes. Having trouble conquering the slate and stylus? Well, no need to worry because slate enthusiasts Lisamaria Martinez and Serena Olsen are here to guide you.

If you are considering taking the National Certified Literary Braille exam (see below), and you need an additional boost to your slating skills, sign up for this one night workshop designed to help you connect the dots.

Where: LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters
When: Wednesday January 8, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
This workshop is free.

Please RSVP to Lisamaria Martinez at or 415-431-1481 by Monday January 6, which incidentally is the birthday of Louis Braille.

Start January Right: Get a National Certification in Literary Braille
Stand out among teachers of the blind and visually impaired! Don’t miss this opportunity to hold this important, nationally recognized certification of literary braille proficiency. The National Certification in Literary Braille (NCLB) test will be administered by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB).

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm
Where: LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters

To find out more information and to register for this important test, please go to the NBPCB website: Deadline for registration is January 13. For questions and possible future testing opportunities, please email or call 318-257-4554.

Compete in the Northern California Regional Braille Challenge!

When: Saturday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters
Deadline to register is Friday, February 7.

Northern California’s blind and low vision youth in grades 1-12 are invited to compete in a series of braille skills challenges demonstrating braille reading and comprehension; speed and accuracy;  spelling; proofreading and tactile graphics. Awards will be presented to the top three participants within each of the five grade level groups. Everyone who competes is recognized. Winners may qualify to compete in the 2014 National Braille Challenge to be held at Braille Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

Register with John Liang, LightHouse Director of Community Services, at or 415-694-7334.

The Braille Challenge is a National Program of Braille Institute and is hosted by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco), in collaboration with Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, California School for the Blind, and Braille Institute of America.

Volunteers Needed:

Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Transcribers and Braillists are needed to serve as Proctors and Scorers for this exciting event. Please contact Alice McGrath at or 650-858-0202, ext. 130.

hand using slate and stylus