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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Benefits of Braille

by Donna J. Jodhan

Some may argue that the need for learning Braille may be on the way out given the evolution of access technology and its ability to efficiently interact with the more popular electronic formats. This may be true but as someone who grew up in the world of Braille so to speak, it is my humble opinion that we need to keep Braille in our focus for the time being.

Braille has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember and even when I had enough vision to read large print I still kept on using it and boy am I lucky that I did so. Because when I lost most of my vision a few years ago, it was Braille that helped me to cope.

I use Braille to label my CDs, jars and cans, and file folders. Some may argue that I could use the more modern and progressive labelling devices such as the pen friend to do this and this is true but here is my retort to this. You do not need batteries to use Braille; you need batteries to use the pen friend and other similar labelling devices. Whenever I want to make sure that I have written down an important phone number, email address, or something similar correctly, I use Braille. I can use Braille whenever I want to and I do not have to depend on electricity to write down my information.

Whenever I need to give a speech, I use Braille notes to help me along. If I need to access something in a hurry, I use Braille. So there are my arguments for the benefits of Braille.

I strongly believe that Braille needs to be a part of the curriculum of Blind and partially sighted kids who do not have enough vision to use large print. True it is that it may be difficult for older persons to learn Braille if they lose their sight at an older age but at the end of the day, there is a definite place for the continuing use of Braille.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and encouraging you to go out there and tell the world that yes indeed! Blind persons can certainly enjoy things by using their sense of touch. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all: http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly Saturday postings on issues of accessibility: http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog/blog.html
blogs on various issues and answers to consumers concerns: http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

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