Braille uncovered: 15 facts you should know

Jasmine Hall shared this great article entitled 15 Facts to share during braille literacy month (January – so I’m a bit behind the 8 ball!!). The article, as you might expect has some fascinating facts about Braille. I was not aware, for example, that there are 3 different grades of Braille ” with 1 being best for those just starting to learn Braille and 3 for the more familiar”, and that there is ““Braille for feet” that assists the visually impaired in knowing the boundaries of dangerous areas”. Alongside these facts, are the implications of not being Braille literate, which include (US stats):

Earlier studies noted that visually impaired persons who first learned to read using the Braille system hold a 44% unemployment rate. By contrast, those more accustomed to print media – or incapable of reading Braille, as it were – sat at a staggering 77%.

Braille PDA (by Humanware)Braille PDA (by Humanware) (Photo credit: sinosplice)
And the other observation that struck me was “Since so many teachers know little to nothing of Braille, this results in a reduced literacy rate and more academic struggles”.

I would recommend having a read through, even if you are not working directly with folk who are visually impaired or blind.

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About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ (http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/). I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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