World Congress Braille21 –
„Innovations in Braille in the 21st Century“
27 – 30 September 2011
Universität Leipzig, Hörsaalgebäude, Universitätsstr. 3, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Organiser and publisher
Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu Leipzig, Gustav-Adolf-Str. 7, 04105
Telephone: +49 341 7113-0, Fax: +49 341 7113-125, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editorial Work: Jenni Schwan, Clara Schneider
Gold Sponsor: BAUM Retec AG
Silver Sponsor: Index Braille
Bronze Sponsors: Humanware, KGS Corporation,
F.H. Papenmeier GmbH & Co. KG
Sponsors: CDA Datenträger Albrechts GmbH, Eichmüller Organisation GmbH,
Siemens AG, Pieroth – erlesene Weine
List of Speakers 11
“A Market of Opportunities” 15
Social Event 19
Guided Tour DZB Leipzig 20
Concert at St. Thomas Church 20
Sightseeing Tours 20
Sight in Leipzig 21
Practical Information about Leipzig 23
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
19.00-21.00 Welcoming at the World Congress Braille21 in room HS 9 and in
the foyer on the first floor
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Room HS 9
9.00-10.00 Official Opening
• Dr. T. Kahlisch, Director of the German Central Library for
the Blind in Leipzig
• Prof. S. von Schorlemer, Minister of Science and Art of
• Prof. T. Fabian, Social Mayor of the City of Leipzig
• M. Diamond, President of the World Blind Union
• J. L. Kaul, Chair of the World Braille Council
• R. Reymann, President of the German Federation of the
Blind and Partially Sighted
• P. Osborne, Royal National Institute of Blind People, Chair
of the Programme Committee
10.00-10.40 Keynote: Braille, Education and Libraries - J. Dixon
Room HS 8
11.00-11.30 T1: A Study of Braille Reading Behaviours of Children with
Visual Impairment - V. S. Sharma
11.30-12.00 T1: Braille Literacy in Pupils with Severe Visual Impairments in
Inclusive Schools in Norway - A. K. Vik
14.00-14.30 T1: OnLine Bookshelf – a Tool for Independent Learning - I.
14.30-15.00 T1: Inclusive Education and Social Inclusion Programme
Initiative of Sightsavers Bangladesh - N. Zerin
15.00-15.30 T1: Books for Children Who Struggle with Braille - M. Ripley
16.00-16.30 T3: DAISY for Braille Display and Grade 2 Braille with a Human
Voice - A. Katemann
16.30-17.00 T3: Everything you Always Wanted to Know about the DAISY
Pipeline 2 Braille Working Group (but Were Afraid to Ask) - C.
17.00-17.30 T3: A Model for Braille Production without Boundaries - B.
Room HS 9
11.00-11.30 T3: PC Screen Reader COBRA: Optimal Braille Presentation and
Other Features - G. Christmann/N. v. Weele
11.30-12.00 T1: Braille Technology in Early Cognitive Development - P.
14.00-14.30 T1: Braille and 21st Century Technologies - E. Gastón
14.30-15.00 T1: Stimulating Braille Reading by Association with Sound - F.
15.00-15.30 T1: Applying Braille to the Amerindian Languages - J. Hinojosa
16.00-16.30 T1: Use of Braille in Developing Countries – Experiences in
Kenya - S. Holm/M. K. Ng’eno
16.30-17.00 T1: Is it Possible to Educate a Group of Persons with
Deafblindness in Braille? - L. Hovland
17.00-17.30 T1: Braille Music on Demand – the Transcription, Teaching and
the Future of Braille Music in Australia - J. Howell
Room HS 10
11.00-11.30 T4: Emerging Publishing Standards – Impact on the Provision
and Use of Braille - P. Osborne
11.30-12.00 T6: Standardisation of Braille in EU and Other European
Countries - A. Fajdetic
14.00-14.30 T6: Braille in Everyday Life - J. Heilbrunn
14.30-15.00 T6: Braille as a Means of Communication with Authority and
Institutions - C. Maina
15.00-15.30 T6: Assessing People's Suitability for Learning Braille - S. Home
16.00-16.30 T6: Segmenting the Braille Market: Understanding Different
Types of Braille Users - M. White
16.30-17.00 T6: Outline for Adapting a Sinhala Braille Contraction System -
17.00-17.30 T6: Croatian Blind Union in Supporting Braille in Everyday
Living - C. Nenadic/A. Fajdetic
Room HS 11
11.00-11.30 T5: Revisiting Braille: Expanding the Horizon of Braille - T.
11.30-12.00 T5: Braille can Still Do Much More - G. Strutz
14.00-14.30 T1: Braille Mathematics – Automating the Impossible - G. Bell
14.30-15.00 T3: odt2braille Brings Braille to your Office - J. Engelen
15.00-15.30 T2: Banning a Chimera with the Hyperbraille Display - G. Weber
16.00-16.30 T2: Use of Braille and Assistive Technology among US Students
- F. M. D'Andrea
16.30-17.00 T2: Braille goes Multimedia with Smart Pages and Tag It
software – H.-J. Lienert
17.00-17.30 T2: Effects of Increasing Digitalisation and Associated Networks
on the Usage of Braille in the Workplace - P. Alden
Room S 204 - Workshops
11.00-12.00 T1: Accessing Math through Touch - S. C. Rowe
14.00-15.30 T1: Braille for Sighted People - H. Theiß-Klee
16.00-17.30 T1: Tactile Education and Conceptualisation for Preschool
Blind Children as Preparation to Learning Braille – Exchange
of Existing Concepts - R. Delgado
10.40-11.00 Coffee & tea and exhibition in the foyer on first and second
12.00-14.00 Market of Opportunities in rooms S201-S203, exhibition in the
foyer on first and second floor, lunch in the canteen
15.30-16.00 Coffee & tea and exhibition in the foyer on first and second
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Room HS 9
09.00 – 10.00 Braille21 Award
Presentation: M. Diamond/P. Osborne
Room HS 8
10.30-11.00 T3: OpenBraille - T. Friehoff
11.00-11.30 T3: Outcomes of Research with Users of Braille Displays in the
UK - S. Home
11.30-12.00 T3: Leibniz – Workflow Tools to Provide Access to Non-fiction
Books - M. Leopold
14.00-14.30 T3: Optically Actuated Tactile Displays - B. Mamojka
14.30-15.00 T3: Unified English Braille – State of the Nations - S. Home
15.00-15.30 T3: Taking the Braille Technology Further to Provide Success at
your Fingertips - M. Griffiths
Room HS 9
10.30-11.00 T1: Teaching Braille with DAISY - W. Hubert/E. Schmid
11.00-11.30 T1: Reading through Touch, Importance and Challenges - M.
11.30-12.00 T1: Choose your own Braille Book! Generating more Braille
Requests in the Netherlands - K. Krikhaar
14.00-14.30 T1: Braille Literacy and Graphicacy as Twin Concepts in Making
of the Multimodal Learning Environment for the Blind - T.
14.30-15.00 T1: An Online Multimedia Tutorial System to Teach Malay
Braille to Sighted Individuals Supporting Children who are Blind
- L. W. Lee
15.00-15.30 T4: Towards a Common Braille Math Code for Flemish Students
J. Engelen/B. Simons
Room HS 10
10.30-11.00 T6: Braille in Ethiopia - K. Yibeltal
11.00-11.30 T6: Issues and Challenges for Adults Learning Braille - M.
11.30-12.00 T6: Living in a Tactile World – A Salute to Braille and Other
Tactile Markings - M. Diamond
14.00-14.30 T6: The Role of Braille in Developing Organisational Skills in
Visually Impaired Learners: A Must for Successful
Independence - M. N. McLennan
14.30-15.00 T6: Braille as an Alternative Reading and Writing Medium for
Teenagers with Visual Impairment – Possibilities for Organising
Lessons Considering the Research on Socialisation - K. Rode
15.00-15.30 T6: SAPIE Library: Braille Book Data Service for the Blind in
Japan - T. Tanaka
Room HS 11
10.30-11.00 T2: Braille in a Civil Court in Germany - U. Boysen
11.00-11.30 T2: Library Braille Book Management – by Touch Alone - H.-J.
11.30-12.00 T2: Improving the Blind’s Efficiency in the Workplace through
Digitalisation and Braille - C. Catacutan-Sam
14.00-14.30 T2: Undoing the Damage: Braille Application in a Globalising
World - A. K. Aneja
14.30-15.00 T2: Braille, the Indispensable Companion of the Blind - Y. Ofori-
15.00-15.30 T2: On the Significance of Braille in the Vocational
Rehabilitation of Blind Persons - B. Drolshagen
Room S 204 - Workshops
10.30-12.00 T1: Selecting Key Words for I-M-ABLE – the Individualized
Meaning-centered Approach to Braille Literacy Education - D.
14.00-15.30 T2: Strengthening Participation through Braille Music Notes -
M. Kuhlmann and L. Machell
Room HS 9
16.00-17.30 Panel Discussion: The Use of Braille for the Electoral Ballot
Chair: R. McCallum
10.00-10.30 Coffee & tea and exhibition in the foyer on first and second
12.00-14.00 Market of Opportunities Rooms S201-S202, exhibition in the
foyer on first and second floor,
lunch in the canteen
15.30-16.00 Coffee & tea and exhibition in the foyer on first and second
19.00 – 00.00 Concert at Gewandhaus Leipzig, Dinner at the restaurant
Friday, 30 September 2011
Room HS 9
09.30-10.10 Keynote: The Role of Braille for Deafblind People - P. Hepp
Room HS 8
10.30-11.00 T1: Acquisition of Written Language in Preschool Education - M.
11.00-11.30 T1: A Critical Evaluation of Teaching of Braille in Existing
Programmes for the Training of Teachers in India - S. R. Mittal
11.30-12.00 T1: The Braille Imperative: Braille Literacy and the Technology
Continuum - D. Morgan
Room HS 9
10.30-11.00 T4: Will Braille Survive? - K. Carey
11.00-11.30 T4: The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities – its Role in Achieving Access to Information for All -
11.30-12.00 T4: Toward a World Intellectual Property Organisation Treaty
on Copyright - M. Diamond
Room HS 10
10.30-11.00 T6: Musibraille Project - D. Tomé/J. A. Borges
11.00-11.30 T6: Raising the Profile of Braille in your Country: Establishing a
Braille Authority - M. Schnackenberg
11.30-12.00 T6: Unity of Braille and High Technology - D. Petrov
Room HS 11
10.30-11.00 T4: Regional Cooperation in the South Pacific - F. Gentle/J.
11.00-11.30 T5: Braille on Packages – Especially on Packages of Medicinal
Products - E. D. Lorenz/E. Schmid
11.30-12.00 T5: Fabrication of Braille on Packaging for Medicinal Products -
Room S 204 – Workshop
10.30-12.00 T2: Creating Work Place Solution, a New Approach towards
Livelihood for Blinds and Low Vision - V. M. Avula
Room HS 9
13.00-14.00 Panel Discussion: “The Use of Braille Signage in Consumer
Goods and Services“
Chair: D. Mößner
10.10-10.30 Coffee & tea in the foyer on first and second floor
12.00-13.00 lunch in the canteen
14.45 Meeting at the inner courtyard of the university for the guided
tour in DZB Leipzig (ticket!)
15.30-17.00 Guided tour DZB Leipzig
18.00-19.00 Public motet in St. Thomas Church
Name Day Time Room Topic
Alden Wed 17.00-17.30 HS 11 T2
Aneja Thu 14.00-14.30 HS 11 T2
Avula Fri 10.30-12.00 HS 11 T2
Bell Wed 14.00-14.30 HS 11 T1
Boysen Thu 10.30-11.00 HS 11 T2
Carey Fri 10.30-11.00 HS 9 T4
Catacutan-Sam Thu 11.30-12.00 HS 11 T2
Christmann/v. Weele Wed 11.00-11.30 HS 9 T3
D’Andrea Wed 16.00-16.30 HS 11 T2
Delgado Wed 16.00-17.30 S 204 T1
Diamond Thu 11.30-12.00 HS 10 T6
Diamond Fri 11.30-12.00 HS 9 T4
Dixon Wed 10.00-10.40 HS 9 Keynote
Drolshagen Thu 15.00-15.30 HS 11 T2
Egli Wed 16.30-17.00 HS 8 T3
Emling Wed 16.30-17.00 HS 11 T2
Engelen Wed 14.30-15.00 HS 11 T3
Engelen/Simons Thu 15.00-15.30 HS 9 T4
Fajdetic Wed 11.30-12.00 HS 10 T6
Fraser Wed 11.30-12.00 HS 9 T1
Friehoff Thu 10.30-11.00 HS 8 T3
Gastón Wed 14.00-14.30 HS 9 T1
Gentle/Howse Fri 10.30-11.00 HS 11 T4
Griffiths Thu 15.00-15.30 HS 8 T3
Grützmacher Wed 14.30-15.00 HS 9 T1
Heilbrunn Wed 14.00-14.30 HS 10 T6
Hepp Fri 09.30-10.10 HS 9 Keynote
Hinojosa Yampi Wed 15.00-15.30 HS 9 T1
Holm/Ng’eno Wed 16.00-16.30 HS 9 T1
Home Wed 15.00-15.30 HS 10 T6
Home Thu 11.00-11.30 HS 8 T3
Home Thu 14.30-15.00 HS 8 T3
Hovland Wed 16.30-17.00 HS 9 T1
Howell Wed 17.00-17.30 HS 9 T1
Hubert/Schmid Thu 10.30-11.00 HS 9 T1
Katemann Wed 16.00-16.30 HS 8 T3
Khochen Thu 11.00-11.30 HS 9 T1
Krikhaar Thu 11.30-12.00 HS 9 T1
Kuhlmann/Machell Thu 14.00-15.30 S 204 T2
Landra Thu 14.00-14.30 HS 9 T1
Lee Thu 14.30-15.00 HS 9 T1
Leopold Thu 11.30-12.00 HS 8 T3
Lienert Thu 11.00-11.30 HS 11 T2
Lorenz/Schmid Fri 11.00-11.30 HS 11 T5
Maina Wed 14.30-15.00 HS 10 T6
Mamojka Thu 14.00-14.30 HS 8 T3
McCallum Fri 11.00-11.30 HS 9 T4
McLennan Thu 14.00-14.30 HS 10 T6
Mittal, S. R. Fri 11.00-11.30 HS 8 T1
Morgan Fri 11.30-12.00 HS 8 T1
Mößner Fri 11.30-12.00 HS 11 T5
Nenadic/Fajdetic Wed 17.00-17.30 HS 10 T6
Ofori-Debra Thu 14.30-15.00 HS 11 T2
Osborne Wed 11.00-11.30 HS 10 T4
Otero Fri 10.30-11.00 HS 8 T1
Petrov Fri 11.30-12.00 HS 10 T6
Raaphorst Thu 11.00-11.30 HS 10 T6
Ripley Wed 15.00-15.30 HS 8 T1
Rode Thu 14.30-15.00 HS 10 T6
Rowe Wed 11.00-12.00 S 204 T1
Schnackenberg Fri 11.00-11.30 HS 10 T6
Sharma Wed 11.00-11.30 HS 8 T1
Stäglin Wed 14.00-14.30 HS 8 T1
Strutz Wed 11.30-12.00 HS 11 T5
Tanaka Thu 15.00-15.30 HS 10 T6
Theiß-Klee Wed 14.00-15.30 S 204 T1
Tomé/Borges Fri 10.30-11.00 HS 10 T6
Vik Wed 11.30-12.00 HS 8 T1
Weber Wed 15.00-15.30 HS 11 T2
Weerawardhana Wed 16.30-17.00 HS 10 T6
Westling/Håkansson Wed 17.00-17.30 HS 8 T3
White Wed 16.00-16.30 HS 10 T6
Wijnberg Wed 11.00-11.30 HS 11 T5
Wormsley Thu 10.30-12.00 S 204 T1
Yibeltal Thu 10.30-11.00 HS 10 T6
Zerin Wed 14.30-15.00 HS 8 T1
German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV)
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
German Institute for the Blind Marburg (blista)
Foundation »Central Library for the Blind« Hamburg
Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled (SBS)
Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted
Braille Authority of Japan
German Association of Blind and Partially Sighted Students and Professionals (DVBS)
bbs nürnberg – Educational Centre for Blind and Partially Sighted People
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Australia
ONCE – Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles
Gemeinschaft deutscher Blindenfreunde von 1860 e.V.
Swiss Federation of the Blind and the Visually Impaired
Swiss Blind Union
Swiss National Association of and for the Blind
Paul und Charlotte Kniese-Stiftung
Perkins School for the Blind
University of Leipzig
International Council on English Braille (ICEB)
German Association for Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired (VBS)
Lions Club “Leipzig-Saxonia”
Foundation “barrierefrei kommunizieren!”
Supporting Association “Friends of DZB“
Baum Retec AG
Bildungszentrum für Blinde und Sehbehinderte Nürnberg (bbs nürnberg)
Blista Brailletec gGmbH
Christoffel-Blindenmission Deutschland e. V.
Deutsche Blindenstudienanstalt e. V. Marburg (blista)
Deutscher Verein der Blinden und Sehbehinderten in Studium und Beruf e. V.
Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu Leipzig (DZB Leipzig)
Dräger & Lienert Informationsmanagement GbR / U-R-Able Canada
Duxbury Systems Inc.
Gemeinschaft deutscher Blindenfreunde von 1860 e. V.
Handy Tech Elektronik GmbH
Harpo Sp. z o.o.
HIMS International Cooperation
Kampmann GmbH – international
Plextalk/Shinano Kenshi Europe
“A Market of Opportunities”
(28 and 29 September 2011, 12 to 14 pm)
Bruno Brites/Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
I intend to share my Postgraduate Design Research and test my newborn
touchable prototypes. My work intends to promote braille as a vehicle of
information, as a code and as a symbol, transposing the knowledge of Graphic
Design into the field.
I produce embroidered pictures made of valuable fabric that show quotations in
braille and simplified figures that go along with and support the quote. The script
is „readable“, the motives allow to sense and assemble the picture in the head.
All pictures are made in such a way that they enrich the everyday life of sighted
and blind people.
Babette Kemnitz-Hille/Katrin Dinges/Christian Hille – Hörsicht und
The student Katrin Dinges is blind and profoundly hearing impaired. Through a
combination of interpreting by speech recognition and computer braille she is
able to attend lectures and seminars. Spoken language is translated into written
language. By the additional combination with a screen reader the text is issued in
Presentation of the website www.fakoo.de with its extensive and interactive
range of information and learning tools about braille and other alphabets for
disabled people. There, you can catch up on braille and learn it online (partly in
English). Presentation of online simulators of the braille writer, a slate and a
Gayle Yarnall/Perkins School for the Blind
We will be introducing our Sudoku game designed to be played by people who
are blind, low vision and sighted. Sudoku Touch is played with tiles that have
been molded with braille numbers and printed in dark bold print. 40 puzzles and
solutions along with instructions are printed in braille and bold print. A lovely
wooden board with storage drawer and plastic puzzle grid complete this package.
This game is full size using 9 sections of 9 squares.
You can find the Sudoku game of Perkins School for the Blind at their stand no.
14 in the exhibition of adaptive technology.
I would like to present teaching material such as a card game for young children,
tactile and braille pictures to teach English, puzzles, for example.
Lothar Littmann/Network for the Dissemination of Music Braille
To make music by using music braille is not as complicated as some people may
think. People with basic knowledge in music may shortly be able to play a small
piece of music with a drum or a keyboard instrument. We offer the possibility to
try this at our braille music experience stand to all those who are interested.
Patricia Fraser/Harpo Sp. Z o. o.
“Would you like to braille with that?”
This presentation explores and shows the multitude of ways the BraillePen 12
adds at braille interface to everyday devices – phones, PDAs, netbooks and
laptops from all the standard vendors. One day, maybe even the fridge!
Pluspunkt (Brownie point): The entertaining course of braille for adults consists
of 14 lessons with varied exercises and comments by teachers plus an annex
with important punctuation characters, letters with accent and computer braille.
Not suitable for self-study. Available on paper in two folders or in electronic form
to print by yourself.
Philippe Claudet and Claudette Kraemer/Les Doigts Qui Rêvent
Braille without books doesn’t have any utility for young children. Long time
before learning braille, they need exposure with devices with braille in order to
get the writing awareness. Those devices have to be visually aesthetic for the
family (social integration), tactually efficient for the blind child, and have to give
a pleasure relation to braille. Therefore we produce a new kind of tactile
illustrated books with a new technique for making braille (deposit) and tactile
pictures made with a wide range of materials.
Rob Caslick/LED Braille
LED Braille: 90% of people who are blind see light. Use the light from the LEDs
to help locate the braille. Read the tips of the LED as you would regular braille.
The presentation will show a number of panels using LEDs as braille.
Randy Weisser/Resources for the Blind Philippines
In the Philippines, we felt that the stylus which is used in America and Europe is
not an appropriate size for the much smaller Asian hands. So we have developed
a much smaller stylus, which we call the Asian Stylus. We are using this now
especially with children and it seems to be working well.
Boubakar Ouédraogo/Braille Literacy Department/Bible Society of
Booklets in 3 mother tongues: Only 1.5% of the visually impaired in Burkina
Faso can read and write in braille. The French braille alphabet has been adapted
in 3 major languages. With it, booklets have been printed for people in more
than 100 literacy centres where many visually impaired learn how to read and
write in their mother tongue
Riitta Kangasaho/School for the Visually Impaired in Jyväskylä
I am going to tell about the idea of a national braille test in Finland between all
of the organisations who are working with the Braille readers.
Thierry Wijnberg/Dick & Lily Graphic Design/Total Italic Graphic Design
The exhibition introduces a new approach towards reading and writing Braille
texts (braille-typo-graphic design). It will showcase Braille texts written, a.o.,
with wood, silicone, tiles, plants and lightbulbs – read by means of their warmth,
all in various shapes and sizes.
Kirsi Ylänne/Celia – Library for the Visually Impaired Finland
The Celia Library for the Visually Impaired has produced an Atlas of the Human
Body for braille readers. The atlas consists of thermoform pictures and key pages
for them. It is suitable for junior students at schools as well as for students at
vocational institutes and for professional use.
Jordie Howell and Rebecca Maxwell
BUOC: "braille user oriented code", extends the concept of contracting frequently
used words, by abbreviating modern vocabulary. Helps reading and writing
faster; reduces finger-travel by offering more instant cognition. BUOC also
supplements grade 2 braille with current languaging, using a contraction for a
root-word and modifying it, like dictionaries demonstrate derivations.
„Klavierlernen Punkt für Punkt” (Learning to play the piano dot by dot) is a piano
tutor for blind and seeing piano teachers and blind or visually impaired pupils.
The work is a new concept to learn music braille and to play the piano. Editor is
the Swiss Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Print Disabled (SBS
Marion Ripley/ClearVision Children's Braille Library
To tie in with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the ClearVision
Children's Braille Library has designed a downloadable braille book with tactile
illustrations to introduce young braille readers to the nine Paralympic sports open
to totally blind athletes. Samples will be on show on this stand.
Petra Aldridge, AG Braille im Verband der Blinden- und
Sehbehindertenpädagogik e. V. (Braille Working Group at the
Association for the Pedagogy for the Blind and Visually Impaired),
Fiction ooks- iddle- lphabets- nformation-P easure to read-teaching
Materia s- xperience:
The Braille Working Group as an expert group at the association for pedagogy for
the blind and visually impaired presents teaching materials that has been
developed by pedagogues for teaching braille at inclusive or special-needs
schools. We invite you to actively explore and to exchange your thoughts and
views with us.
Even hands can see - Horst W. Müller
With a new method, the artist Horst W. Müller is able to open the access to the
visual arts for blind and visually impaired people. In his mostly abstracts works
with its intense colours, beatgold and silver play an important role. With the help
of a special cast he creates graphics that develop landscapes, forms and stories
inside the beholder. Here, also non-sighted people can see pictures. The hands of
the beholder can feel the structures of the brushes, palette knives and forming
fingers and understand the picture for themselves.
The reception of the World Congress Braille21 is situated on the ground floor.
The service team will wear well visible t-shirts. For every organisational question
or information, please go to the reception and the staff will help you.
The opening hours of the reception are:
Tuesday, 27 September: 16.00 to 19.00
Wednesday, 28 September: 08.00 to 16.00
Thursday, 29 September: 08.30 to 18.00
Friday, 30 September: 09.00 to 15.00
The welcoming of the World Congress Braille21 will take place directly at the
venue of the event, at University of Leipzig. The welcoming ceremony and the
concert by the singer and guitar player Rainer Husel will take place in lecture hall
9 on the second floor. Drinks and a cold buffet will be served on the first floor.
The welcoming starts at 19.00 and will finish at 21.00. The venue will close at
Lunch will take place on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to 14 pm, on Friday
from 12 to 13 pm. It is situated on the first floor. You have to follow a passage
which is well signed out. There are also tactile plans for orientation on the
For the Social Event on Thursday, 29 September, we will meet in front of the
main entrance of Gewandhaus Leipzig. Gewandhaus Leipzig (address:
Augustusplatz 8, Leipzig) is directly opposite of the university campus where the
congress takes place. We will meet at 18.30 and go as a group into the concert
hall. The concert of “Leipziger Gitarrenquartett” will take place from 19.00 to
20.30. The four classical guitar players will present music of composers that
worked in Leipzig, furthermore music from other parts in the world.
When the concert has finished, we will go as a group to the most famous
restaurant of Leipzig – “Auerbachs Keller” (address: Grimmaische Straße 2,
Leipzig). Here, we will have diner at 21 pm. The restaurant closes at midnight.
The way home to your hotels will be done individually.
Guided Tour DZB Leipzig
The guided tour through DZB Leipzig is limited. Only the persons who booked it
and received a ticket are allowed to take part.
For the guided tour through the production departments for braille, tactile
graphics and talking books of DZB Leipzig, we will meet in the inner courtyard of
the university campus at 14.45. From there, we will go as a group to the bus
shuttle which brings us to DZB Leipzig. There, the guided tour starts at 15.30.
At 17.00, the bus shuttle will bring all who are willing to St. Thomas Church,
where the public concert of the St. Thomas Boys Choir together with the quartet
of blind singers “Pro Puncto” will take place at 18.00.
People who would not like to take part in the concert can also take the bus
shuttle to St. Thomas Church which is in the city centre. From here, you should
find your way to your hotel or to the main station individually. Of course, you can
also already leave at DZB Leipzig, using a taxi or public transport which is
Concert at St. Thomas Church
There will be a public concert at St. Thomas Church on Friday, 30 September.
Especially for the World Congress Braille21, we arranged a common concert of
the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir and the quartet of blind singers “Pro Puncto”.
The concert starts at 18.00. You should be there early as it is very popular. The
entrance fee is 2 €. Please arrange to come and leave individually.
The sightseeing tours (walking tour and bus tour) will take place on Saturday, 1
October 2011 from 10.00 to 12.00 in the morning. Information about the
meeting point will be given online at www.braille21.net at “News” and during the
Sights in Leipzig
Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall is one of the most beautiful German Renaissance-style town
halls. In 1556/1557 it was built by the mayor Hieronymus Lotter in only 9
New Town Hall
Already Martin Luther was a guest in today's New Town Hall - the former
Pleißenburg. Since 1905, it is seat of the government of Leipzig.
St. Thomas Church and St. Thomas Boys Choir
Thomaskirchhof 18, everyday open from 9.00 to 18.00
The world-famous St. Thomas Boys Choir has originated more than 800 years
ago from the liturgical chant exercise in the former Canons Regular of St.
Augustine. In the St. Thomas Church, Johann Sebastian Bach has worked from
1723 to 1750. The church is one of the emblems of the city. Here, many
international concerts take place.
St. Nicholas Church
Nikolaikirchhof 3, every day open from 10.00 to 18.00
The 800 years old St. Nicholas Church is one of the oldest churches in Leipzig.
Since its existence, it has been closely linked to the history of the city and its
citizens – if as Romanesque basilica, Gothic hall church and finally today with a
classically redesigned interior. The St. Nicholas Church was the central origin of
the peaceful revolution in 1989 which was followed by the fall of the Berlin Wall
and the German reunification on the 3rd of October 1990.
Gewandhaus and Gewandhaus Orchestra
The world-famous Gewandhaus Orchestra is the oldest civil concert orchestra. It
has been connected to the city for more than 250 years. Place of its activity is
the Gewandhaus at Augustusplatz.
The central station of Leipzig is one of the biggest railway terminus in Europe.
Leipzig Historical Museum
Markt 1, Böttchergässchen 3, open: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 18.00
The Historical Museum is the historical memory of the city. It is where objects
and information connected to the city are collected, documented, annotated and
presented in exhibitions.
Museum of the Fine Arts
Katharinenstraße 10, open: Monday and Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to
18.00, Wednesday from 12 am to 8 pm
The museum was founded by art collectors and sponsors of Leipzig in 1837. It is
one of the most important civil art collections in Germany. The collection
comprises about 3,500 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and 60,000 graphic sheets. It
contains works from the late Middle Ages up to the present.
Pfaffendorfer Str. 29, every day open from 9.00 to 19.00
The zoo of Leipzig is one of the oldest and most species-rich zoos in the world –
and one of the most popular recreational facilities in Leipzig. Main attractions are
“Pongoland” (the world of the apes), “Makasi Simba” (the lion savannah), an
African savannah and – since July 2011 – “Gondwanaland”, a landscape of
African, South American and Asian rain forests.
Memorial for the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal)
Prager Straße, 04299 Leipzig, everyday open from 10.00 to 18.00
The Memorial for the Battle of the Nations is the biggest European monument
with a viewing platform in a height of 90 meters. In 1913, it was built at the
historical place in centennial commemoration of the Battle of the Nations in
Sniff and Touch Garden
Linnéstraße 1, every day open from 9.00 to 20.00
The Sniff and Touch Garden is specially oriented to the needs of blind and
visually impaired people. There are 16 areas with different materials, water
games, small architectures and more than 250 plant species. Discover and enjoy
its beauty! Signage is available in Braille and common print.
Practical Information about Leipzig
Money exchange is possible in one of the following branches of ReiseBank:
ReiseBank at the airport Leipzig/Halle (Terminal B): opening hours Monday
to Friday from 7.30 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 18.00, Saturday and Sunday
from 11.00 to 16.00
ReiseBank at the main station (Promenaden): opening hours Monday to
Friday 9.00 to 22.00, Saturday 9.30 am to 20.00, Sunday 13.00 to 18.00
At many bancomats in the city, you can get money with EC and credit cards.
VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted nearly everywhere.
For information about touristic events in Leipzig, please follow this link:
In the city centre, there are shopping opportunities of all kinds. Most of them are
open from 10.00 to 20.00, some even until 22.00.
Restaurants and bars
Leipzig provides many restaurants and bars. In the city centre, the best streets
are Barfußgässchen and Gottschedtstraße. In the district Südvorstadt, there are
many bars, pubs and restaurants along Karl-Liebknecht-Straße.
You should tip in restaurants and bars, but you do not have to. Common are
between 5 and 10 % of the invoice. The amount of the tip depends of course also
on the satisfaction of the guest.
In Germany, the line voltage is 230 V, the cycle 50 HZ. International adaptors
can be found in the major electrical shops.
Europe: postcard 0.65 €, standard letter 0.70 €
all non-European countries: postcard 1.00 €, standard letter 1.70 €
You can buy stamps in the post branch at Augustusplatz in the city centre.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 20.00, Saturday from 9.00 to
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