[nfbmi-talk] Braille is Important!

trising trising at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 27 13:18:06 UTC 2011

    Braille is still very important, for those of us using it now, and for future generations. Students who use Braille also learn 
to spell correctly and to compose properly constructed sentences with appropriate punctuation. Technology makes more Braille 
possible than ever before. About three summers ago, I wore out the Whiz Wheels on my Pacmate BX440 by reading all seven Harry Potter 
books in three months. I have about six versions of the Braille Bible on a Storage Card in the back of my Pacmate, along with about 
forty other fiction books. One hard copy Braille Bible is twenty volumes and takes up two shelves in my living room. I would have a 
very hard time storing all of the Braille in hard copy that I have stored on a tiny little card.
    Even hard copy Braille  is more obtainable than it ever was before! A book can be scanned into a computer with Optical Character 
Recognition Software, and converted into hard copy Braille using a Braille embosser. The idea that Braille is dying out because of 
technology will only be true if blind children are not taught Braille. We in the National Federation of the Blind are ensuring that 
this does not become our unfortunate reality!

Terri Wilcox 

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