[access-uk] Re: The Benefits of Braille - for Tink

I think that is a major point. Literacy is about writing as well as reading.

Iain.
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Well Tink, I must say that's rich coming from you, (smile). If ever there was someone who was eminently adaptable it must be yourself. Given that you lost your sight a few years ago, it is remarkable how you have taken to access technology. Guess it helps in your case that you were very IT literate in the first place, but that hardly detracts from your achievement.

I'd say that those who know Braille are far closer to the quickness and simplicity of using pen and paper, which I still do from time to time.
Ray


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----- Original Message ----- From: "James O'Dell" <jamesodell@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Hi Tink

I Think one of the greatest concerns of those of us who want to preserve
braille is that there is a medium in which young children can become truly
literate. It is far too easy for education authorities and the rest to say
that braille doesn't matter, that you can do it all with technology, but I'm
really not sure whether many totally blind people would be able to learn to
read and spell with technology that doesn't involve braille. How are you
supposed to understand what a word is?


I was very lucky and had full-time braillist support at both primary and
secondary school, and I think it was and is invaluable. Perhaps as the
price of refreshable braille comes down (have there been any product
launches from Tactile Dynamics yet?) more people will have the opportunity
to see how both braille and technology can have a good future.


James

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