[nfbmi-talk] Braille is Important!
James A. Prather
james.prather at comcast.net
Wed Apr 27 16:44:25 UTC 2011
Teri, the only hurdle I have is the funds for a Braill display and embosser, which take up space in a studio apt., but love ur comments. Viva La Braille!
From: trising <trising at sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 09:18
To: NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Braille is Important!
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!
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