[blindkid] Audio reading book for Library

Lucy Sirianni lucysirianni at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 13 19:09:13 UTC 2013

Trudy, I think you are absolutely correct.  Would your son's 
school allow a sighted child to use audio books instead of print? 
Presumably not.  Thus, while it's of course fine for your son to 
enjoy audio books on his own as anyone, blind or sighted, might, 
I agree with you that he should be expected to use Braille for 
school assignments, just as his sighted classmates are expected 
to use print.  The assumption that Braille is slower or less 
enjoyable to read than print seems prevalent among
(sighted) TVIs, but having been a Braille reader since age 3, I 
feel very confident in saying that this is not at all the case, 
as your son will learn if he is encouraged to use Braille on a 
regular basis.

Good luck, and do keep advocating for Braille for your son!

----- Original Message -----
From: Trudy Pickrel <tlpickrel at hotmail.com
To: bindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org
Date sent: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:45:22 -0500
Subject: [blindkid] Audio reading book for Library

So last night at parent teacher conference I find out that they 
have been allowing our son in six grade to do all audiobooks.  
Reason why I don't know.  The language arts teacher said will you 
please consider allowing him to do this after I stated that this 
was concerning to me.  Because he says I was reading to be 
enjoyable.  Excepting all thoughts on this.  Mine is No No No.  
Must have Braille under fingers.  If their  concern is slowness 
and enjoyment the only way to get that is with repetition.

Trudy Pickrel
President Md Parent Blind Children.

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