Braille Systems

Written by Amy Hall
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Braille systems are not always easy for every sight-impaired person to grasp. This can be especially true if there are other disabilities in place that can make learning even more challenging. Today, however, there are many innovative products that can be used in conjunction with traditional braille training that can help make reading and writing easier.

Some children who are blind from birth seem to pick up on braille faster than children or adults who have lost their sight. Perhaps it is that lost ability to do what one is used to doing that stands in the way of learning braille systems. It can be discouraging for a person who has recently become visually-impaired to learn to read by feeling a system of raised dots. The frustration that sets in can sometimes be a barrier to a person achieving complete understanding of this writing system.

Different Approaches to Learning Braille Systems

Fortunately, braille systems have come a long way throughout the years, and not every blind person is stuck within a rigid method of instruction. One father, whose fourteen year old son gave up on learning braille, came up with a method of reading and writing called Tack-Tiles, which is based on Lego blocks. His son began to respond to these blocks in relation to what his father was telling him they represented.

After some time, his son was not only able to understand what the Tack-Tiles meant, he was able to put forth the renewed commitment to learning braille. All the efforts of earlier years finally paid off, and this teenage boy was able to read papers in full. It is important for instructors and educators to remember that not all visually impaired persons will pick up on braille immediately. Sometimes alternative approaches to teaching braille can have some big payoffs.

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