World Braille Day 2016

Braille what is it ? Is it still relevant with today’s technology ? Why should children still learn braille with all the other forms of technology out there ? There are some of the questions often asked about Braille today. Braille is very relevant and needed still today.

Braille is the written word for those that are blind or partially sighted, it is how children who are blind or partially sighted learn to read, write and learn grammar skills. Braille is relevant for print materials like books, magazines, and personal use in the same way you would use a pen and paper. It is also the way the blind or partially sighted access music and math. Where ever you see the printed word on paper Braille is how someone who is blind or partially sighted would be able to access that same information.

Braille equals literacy, indépendance and equality. With braille the blind and partially sighted can have the same access to printed materials that everyone else has. For most people that are blind or partially sighted they want to be equal and not be cut off from something like a magazine or book because they can’t access that information.

For me I use braille in my home to label things, to write lists, to help my kids learn to read, and many more things. Being able to use books that have both print and braille in them has made it possible for me to read with my kids and help them learn to read and master reading. It means I am not cut off from helping them with their school work.

Going to restaurants is something I love to do with my husband and kids however the availability of braille menus is very far and few between. I would love to be able to go to a restaurant and read the menu myself and not have to have my husband read it to me. I strive to be as independent as possible and needing someone to read a menu or bathroom sign because there is no braille is frustrating.

We have come so far in the world of disability but this one thing that is so simple to change can make the world of difference for those that are blind and partially sighted. Teaching our kids who are blind or partially sighted to read braille is giving them access to literacy and independence.

One thought on “World Braille Day 2016

  1. Love this Ashley. Thanks for discussing such an important topic. I was recently disheartened to read that only 10 percent of blind/low vision read Braille. Your point about Braille equating literacy is so right on, and I wish more parent of blind children pushed for their kids to learn braille I really wish I had learned it as a child, as I am struggling through it as an adult and feel like it could help me so much. I really liked your video interview as well. Keep up the great blog!


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