Today is World Braille Day!
Everyone's seen Braille somewhere throughout their lives, whether it's on a sign, brochure, or menu. But did you know that only about 10% of blind and low vision children can read braille? This is mainly due to not enough Braille teachers, not enough teacher training & many educators believe that Braille isn't even necessary!
With the advent of technology such as screenreaders, text to speech apps, and Voiceover, newer blind and low vision people are finding it unnecessary to learn Braille.
For the Deafblind, Braille pretty much is the only access to technology and the outside world (besides SSPs & tactile communication). We use a notetaker like the one shown in the picture, or a smaller refreshable braille display to connect to our computers and smartphones.
If you're a business that has blind, deafblind or low vision clientele, you should consider having your printed materials transcribed into Braille. Such companies such as Brailleworks can do that for you.
For a little fun, if you want to see what your name (or anything) looks like in Braille, check out this Braille Converter. Here's what "Confessions of a Deafblind Mother" looks like:
So, today's a day that blind, deafblind, and low vision users celebrate their access to written language, literature, information, daily living, socializing and many more applications.
One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon