8 responses to “Happy World Braille Day!”

  1. Ruchama

    There was an article in the NY Times Magazine this week about Braille and newer text-to-speech technologies. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/magazine/03Braille-t.html

  2. Ruchama

    (Um, nevermind. I hadn’t noticed that that article was linked in recommended reading when I posted that comment.)

  3. Nickie

    I can recommend a few different books:

    Braille Into the Next Milenium
    A Touch of Genious

    Both are good books.

  4. Rainbow

    Hooray for braille! It’s funny, because I don’t think of myself as a full-time ‘braille user’ because my braille reading is so slow, I read most things on my computer, but even so, I use braille for labeling my cds and dvds and all kinds of other things and for making short notes for class. When I come to think of it, though I don’t read many books in braille, it is still an essential tool for me which I use every day, I think the many different uses of braille are often ignored in debates over its usefulness, with the main focus being on the size and weight and inconvenience of braille books. Anyway, hooray again for braille.

  5. Tlönista

    “Dafau’s students rebelled and Braille survived. The older students taught the younger students despite the punishment of slaps across the hands and going to bed without dinner.”

    That is hardcore. I had no idea.

  6. Chally

    Wow, that’s amazing! Thanks for sharing, Anna.

  7. Cactus Wren

    (Disclaimer: I’m sighted) Every time I read — as in the NYT article — about the Braille “controversy”, I find myself wondering: would parents of a sighted child be satisfied to hear that their child was not learning to read print, but being read aloud to by text-to-speech software? Would they be pleased to learn that their child was being graded in school on her “tape recorder reading” skills?

  8. ADHD PhD

    I used to work with a lab that researches technology to help blind people with wayfinding and orientation. My group developed electronic maps for people who cannot use braille (for example, people with cognitive or physical disability, or people who lose their vision as adults). However, I was encouraged to learn about braille when I worked there, because it gives a lot of good ideas about ways to present information. One of my favorite things that I saw was a double-sided city map that had streets and neighborhoods on one side, and a mirrored public transit map on the other side. The user would read both sides at once.

    Actually, the analogy I was thinking of is schools that no longer teach sighted children how to write neatly, or to write in cursive. Even though the technology (typing) is often faster and more accessible, I would argue that there are still practical, cultural, and intellectual benefits to handwriting, as there are to braille.