Editor’s Note: January 4 was World Braille Day, celebrated on Louis Braille’s birthday. This piece is second in a four part series on Braille. Tune in next week for part 3 in this series, which will appear in our World Braille Day corner.
Learning braille enables a person to understand and learn spelling, grammar and punctuation, Computer screen readers do not teach these important lessons
Can you imagine sitting in your home and there is a power outage? If a person who is blind has learned how to read braille, they can easily pass the time with a braille book, or a card game or board game such as Scrabble or Monopoly with others. Braille proficiency enables an individual to note take, refer to notes in braille while making a public speaking presentation. A basic knowledge of braille helps individuals to identify elements in our daily environment such as money, elevator buttons, restrooms, and classrooms. Businesses and restaurants where information and menus are provided in braille format gives a person with vision loss equal autonomy to their sighted counterparts.
Read more about Braille in our World Braille Day corner.