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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Power of Learning Braille

by Donna J. Jodhan

True it is that the use of Braille may be on the decline in the world but believe me when I tell you that there is definitely a great benefit to learning Braille.

Much of today's generation of blind people tend to forget this, choosing instead to follow the growing trend of using voice technology to get by. All well and good but let us not forget what Braille has done for us and how it can continue to be useful.

Here are some important points.

  • It helps to sustain literacy.
  • It helps to ensure that one's spelling remains in tact.
  • It helps when giving presentations if having a computer or mobile device close by is not convenient.
  • If Braille notes are used when giving presentations, a blind person has a better chance of coming across more smoothly in that they can read quickly and speak both at the same time.
  • It is the best thing that you can have at hand if electricity goes.
  • You can use it to label your files, folders, CDs, and much more.
  • It is a great way to take notes whenever you are in a hurry and don't have access to an electronic device.

On a personal level, I grew up learning Braille and when I lost my functional vision, I was able to slip back into my use of Braille without having to ask someone sighted to help find my folders etc or to label my stuff. My final words for the power of using Braille are as follows: A great backup mechanism, a way to keep in touch with my literacy and spelling, and a way to stay ahead of the game when electricity goes.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day. If you'd like to learn more about me, then you can visit some of my blog spots at:
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