I am always surprised to hear people say that learning Braille is not important. I have yet to hear anyone say that it's not important for sighted people to learn to read and write. Why would people with a visual impairment be any different?
Here are some of the reasons I have heard (and my response to that in parentheses).
S/he is too young to get anything out of Braille now (sighted children get exposure to printed words all the time. How do you know they don't get anything out of that? My 1 year old sighted child loved it when I read to him).
Technology is improving to the point that Braille is irrelevant (Have you checked the price of that technology? Is it portable? Is it always convenient to play a tape recorder back in the middle of a meeting or other public place? How do you label something like a cupboard or drawer?)
S/he is too cognitively impaired to learn Braille (It's really hard to know what people can do if they are never given the chance to learn. Cognitively impaired people might be able to learn a few letters, even if not all of the contractions).
No one here knows how to provide Braille services (Click on my site above and I will provide it).
Braille is too difficult to learn (I thought math was too difficult to learn . . . but that didn't get me out of it. It's not extremely easy, but with training and practice, it is possible. And I think it's much more difficult to be unable to read or write).
His/Her vision is good enough not to need to learn it (Sometimes visual changes occur as people age. If a child has an eye problem and has a good chance of deteriorating vision, why not learn Braille? If they have eye fatigue from reading print, why not learn Braille?).
Have you heard any reasons why you or your family member should not learn Braille? Do you agree with these reasons?
I'm the owner of Family First Braille, the author of this blog, and the editor of Family First Braille Magazine.