[NABS-L] Learning Braille as a Young Adult

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Sat Jul 7 02:02:44 UTC 2018

Well, I am not a Braille teacher, but from what I read, and from 
talking to people, it is primarily practice.  For most adults it 
takes at least an hour a day for two years to build up speed.  It is 
possible, but you will have to work at it.


At 11:10 AM 7/6/2018, you wrote:
>Hi Everyone,
>I am a 24 year old lawyer who happens to be blind since birth. I did
>not learn Braille in my younger years, due to lack of availability of
>English language Braille tutors and a feeling that this would not have
>much practical utility for me, given the advent of adaptive tech.
>However, I have recently come to realize that Braille would be very
>useful for me for the purpose of being able to read aloud something
>verbatim. I find this to be virtually impossible with screen reading
>software. Braille might also be useful for referring to my notes in
>court as using a screen reader in that context pretty much prevents
>you from listening to what's happening around you.
>While I have started learning Braille, my reading speed is abysmally
>slow, so much so that I doubt I'll ever be able to get to a point
>where I'm able to use Braille on a realtime basis in the situations
>that I've described above. I was wondering if those of you who are
>late Braille learners could shed some light on how I might be able to
>get to a point where I'm able to acquire a reasonable speed, apart
>from practicing reading Braille regularly. Thank you.

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