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									World Congress Braille21 –
„Innovations in Braille in the 21st Century“


27 – 30 September 2011

Leipzig, Germany



Universität Leipzig, Hörsaalgebäude, Universitätsstr. 3, 04109 Leipzig, Germany

Organiser and publisher

Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu Leipzig, Gustav-Adolf-Str. 7, 04105
Leipzig, Germany
Telephone: +49 341 7113-0, Fax: +49 341 7113-125, E-Mail:

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

Imprint/Sponsors                      1

Schedule                              3

List of Speakers                      11

Partners                              13

Exhibitors                            14

“A Market of Opportunities”           15

Reception                             19

Welcoming                             19

Lunch                                 19

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

Advertisements                        24


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
               Saxony (requested)
               • 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.
              Westling/J. Håkansson

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 -
              A. Weerawardhana

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.
               P. Wormsley

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

Social Event

19.00 – 00.00   Concert at Gewandhaus Leipzig, Dinner at the restaurant
                "Auerbachs Keller"

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.
              I. Otero

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 -
              R. McCallum

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 -
              D. Mößner

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

14.00-14.30    Farewell



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


Aktion Mensch
German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV)
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM)
German Institute for the Blind Marburg (blista)
Herbert Funke-Stiftung
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
Vision Australia
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
Berufsförderungswerk Mainz
Berufsförderungswerk Würzburg
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
Index Braille
In-situ GmbH
Kampmann GmbH – international
KGS Corporation
Nikolauspflege Stuttgart
Optelec GmbH
Perkins Products
Plextalk/Shinano Kenshi Europe
Worth Trust
Zychem Limited

“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.


Antje Kunze/Embroidery

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


Alexander Fakoó

Presentation of the website 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.


Marie-Reneé Hector

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!


Hanni Wüthrich

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
Burkina Faso

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.


Martin Rembeck

„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

Social Event

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.

Sightseeing Tours

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 at “News” and during the

Sights in Leipzig

Old Town Hall
Markt 1
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
Martin-Luther-Ring 4-6
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
Augustusplatz 8
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.

Central Station
Willy-Brandt-Platz 7
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
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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