[blindkid] Braille writer

Bonnie Lucas lucas.bonnie at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 16:39:43 UTC 2009

I did not start using the Braille writer until I was six because my parents 
did not take me to the blind school until I was six. We lived in a very 
rural location and in those days there was no such thing as early childhood 
intervention. I weighed 40 lb and I still remember that it was very hard to 
press the keys and at first I was frustrated. However, with consistent 
practice and encouragement from my teachers, I learned to write. We were 
rewarded with a ccandy bar for writing our first and last name. My daugher, 
Aubrie, has only used the perkins, the one I won in fourth grade in 1965, to 
learn to write with and she has done fine. Encourage just pressing any key 
and making dots at first. then just have your little one write one dot at a 
time and make a whole line of that one dot.  the finger strength will 
eventually be built up. Remember, that for a sighted child to learn to form 
letters, it takes litterally hundreds of hours of scribbling. Best of luck.
Bonnie Lucas
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Meng, Debi" <Meng at sccompanies.com>
To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 8:10 AM
Subject: [blindkid] Braille writer

> Jonathan will never read print so it is imperative that we get him
> started learning Braille.   We currently have the old metal Perkins
> brailler.   This is very hard for our 3 year old to press the keys.
> Are there other Braille writers available for very young beginners?
> Debi
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