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

Yes Tony, sensitivity of touch is an issue, more so if people have done heavy 
manual work.  Also, diabetics often have a restricted sense of touch.

Given those factors, some will not learn Braille at all.  With easier 
alternatives available others are less likely to see the point in making the 
effort.  For those who do take up the challenge, unless they are very 
self-motivated, they need a lot of continued support and encouragement to keep 
at it.
Ray

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Cretney" <rac@xxxxxxxx>
> 
> Hi Jillian
> 
> I had forgotten about the fact that older people's fingers are not so 
> sensitive as those of younger people, clearly this is also a contributory 
> factor in their not being able to learn Braille so well as younger people, 
> which I had not taken into account.
> 
> Tony
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Jillian Grant" <jillian.grant1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 2:02 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: The Benefits of Braille - for Tink
> 
> 
>>
>> I always believed that the reason why older people who lost their sight
>> didn't learn braille was that they feel that their fingers are not 
>> sensitive
>> enough.  Also it takes patience to learn, something you readily have as
>> children.  I guess that those who become blind later on feel very scared 
>> by
>> it.  Also they haven't had time to adjust to using their other senses.  I
>> truly believe that this world is so much reliant on the visuals, but a lot
>> of people don't reall think of their other senses.  So they're amazed at
>> just what they can do.  People like me have had no choice, and it's always
>> been second nature.
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Iain Lackie <ilackie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 7:43 PM
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: The Benefits of Braille - for Tink
>>
>>
>>> I have just received a publication from RNIB (it took a great effort to
>> get
>>> it in Braille) Called Sight Problems: Changing The Way We Think About
>>> Blindness. In this booklet it says:
>>> 'there are systems of reading by touch such as Braille. There are
>>> 20,000-25,000 people who use Braille regularly, and many more make use of
>>> Braille labelling on signs, in lifts and on packaging. However, it is
>>> unusual for people losing their sight in later life to learn the system.'
>>>
>>> This sounds to me almost like damning with faint praise. I am sure that
>> more
>>> people would give Braille a go if they had the opportunity and if the
>>> benefits were emphasised rather more than the difficulties. I am not
>> really
>>> sure at whom this publication is aimed but what it has to say about
>> Braille
>>> doesn't encourage anyone who has lost their sight in later life to 
>>> attempt
>>> to take it up.
>>>
>>> Iain.
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "James O'Dell" <jamesodell@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 2:45 PM
>>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: The Benefits of Braille - for Tink
>>>
>>>
>>> > But the enigma in this case is how to preserve braille at all, if the
>> vast
>>> > majority of blind people are older and don't have the opportunity to
>> learn
>>> > it.
>>> >
>>> > James
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