Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The benefits of Braille

Statistics show the use of Braille has decreased over the last few years and we can attribute this to the era of computers and technology.  Many of today's generation use Braille sparsely and this is because they depend on their trusty computers with screen reading software to get by.  In addition, there are those who were born with sight and have lost it later in life and have chosen to go the computer way rather than learn Braille. 


For me, I was born sight impaired and grew up learning Braille.  Even after I received enough vision to enable me to read and write using the mainstream way; that being pen and pencil and magnification equipment, I still kept Braille as a backup and am I ever glad that I did.  Braille saved me from sure disaster when I found myself without most of my vision almost seven years ago.


When it happened, I was able to use Braille to do such things as:  Label file folders and CDs, take scrap notes, and write points for presentations.  I truly believe that Braille has its place in the life of a Blind person. 


If electricity goes or if the Internet goes down, I have Braille as a backup.  I don't have to turn on lights to read Braille; I can do it in the dark.  I can use Braille to label things; I don't have to use a device that depends on batteries or power to do it.  Whenever I make a presentation, I don't need a laptop to help me remember my points.  Braille is literally at my fingertips. 


I hope that the use of Braille continues to be promoted and used among blind persons.  If you would like to learn more about Braille, then please visit www.nfb.org or www.aph.org.


I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and asking you to go out there and tell others about how Blind persons use Braille as an important part of their lives. 

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