If you are new to visual impairment issues, or if you are just curious and want to learn, you may not know what Braille is. Braille is a means of reading and writing that people who have a visual impairment can use. It's important to stress that it's not only used for reading, but also for writing.
Braille can be used by sighted people also. As I am learning Braille, I can see the dots on the paper. I am not able to read Braille by feeling the dots, as people with a visual impairment can learn to do. Maybe in time, I will be able to do that. For now, I am focusing on learning it visually.
Braille is a code that uses combinations of 6 dots. Each letter of the alphabet has its own combination of dots. For example, the letter "a" is dot 1. In addition, by using more than one set of 6 dots, more words can be Brailled. There are many shortened words and symbols, called contractions, that are used in Braille.
Braille is a complicated system, but it's worthwhile to learn. It's reliable, can be low tech, portable, and has been used for many years. Every person who has a visual impairment deserves the chance to learn Braille.
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I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.