Welcome to the website for the Tactile Times Newspaper where you can find out about all the latest news for young braillists. If you want to jump to the list of pages on this website, just find the menu heading. Or, if you would like to play the Tactile Times quiz, Just find the "Tactile times quiz" heading We are run by braillists for braillists. To find out more About us visit our About us page.
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Top Tips for lockdown
Learn a piece of music (e.g. somewhere over the rainbow) to play during clap for carers
Stay active. It's easy enough to work out at home and it keeps us moving so we don't spend our days in bed.
Stay in contact with people as much as possible. Stay in physical contact with the people you're with and stay connected with others online.
Keep doing the things that matter to you
Play in the garden (if you have one)
We're all in this together so talking about how you feel to someone else might help.
Learn a new language
Lockdown doesn't mean no birthday. You could go quite a walk, organise a group call or bake a cake.
Listen to a podcast about something you're interested in. There are loads of podcasts out there on different topics. We recommend that you find a podcast about something you're interested in. You can listen to them on lots of different platforms (e.g. Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts) Here are some ideas:
Stories podcast on wondery.com
Brains on on brainson.org
David Walliams marvelous musical podcast on http://marvellousmusicalpodcast.com/
But why on www.npr.org http://www.npr.org
Podcast for Sight and Sound about Tactile Times
I did a podcast for Sight and Sound about the Tactile Times. If you are new to the Tactile Times, you might find it helpful to introduce you to it You can find the podcast below:
This is a list of different online events available to blind people/VIP's. If you think of anything that could be added just contact us.
N.B. This events list will not be updated over the next few weeks. See events timetable for details
Sight and Sound webinar Wednesday's
Sight and Sound are doing a webinar every Wednesday. Some of these will be about tech for blind people but some of them will be about tech for people with low vision Next webinar is about: Dancing dots. It is happening on Wednesday 3rd of June. You can register via the link in the events timetable .
You can find all their past webinars on their podcast
HumanWare Live webinars
HumanWare are doing webinars about braille products It is unclear from their website what webinars a long time in the future will be about but they will put up what will be in the next webinar (if they know it, 10% of the time they don't have a plan)
NBP Beats for Braille
National Braille Press did a concert on Saturday 25th April. It was fun You can listenhere .
AbilityNet are doing live webinars. More info here.
Look UK are running several different events online (on Zoom). They are running something called the "Look online forum" so young people can get together online, play games together and chat. If you want to attend any of their events, you will need to register for the event you want to attend. You can see all their upcoming events at look-uk.org/meet-up.
The Braillists Foundation are running Zoom calls. You can find their full schedule of calls here.
Having trouble joining any of these events?
Why don't you check out our guide to Zoom and chat apps at the bottom of Issue 2.
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The Tactile Times Quiz Number 1 is open until the end of June. Why don't you play the quiz? Why don't you see if you can win? Only blind people are eligable to win but anyone can have a go. If you are wondering where your score is, it will arrive in your inbox at the end of May or hopefully earlier. Tip: You might need to look at issue two to help you. You can download Issue 2 (The lockdown issue) here
Interested in coding?
This website has been built using code (HTML). You can view the code here.
Where to start exploring the website?
If you don't know very much about the Tactile Times, why not start on the about us page where you can find out about who we are ore browse our FAQS? If you already know about us, you might like to take a look at the useful links page which lists useful websites under different categories or check out if we are planning to publish an issue (and if so when the deadline for submitting articles is) on our Useful information page. Or, you can visit the Issues page which lists all published editions of The Tactile Times. You can also subscribe to the Tactile Times to receive issues by email when they are published. Or, if you like technology and football, why not take a look at the Fantasy football area of the website? Or, if you need to get in touch, visit the Contact us page.