[bct] Re: Another dumb question

  • From: "Marsha Macchi" <marshamac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 11:58:57 -0800

Hi, Marsha here.  I do believe you should use it as to do so also keeps that 
knowledge of reading up to snuff.  Also, you don't have a lot of equipment to 
bring with you when you want to read a book on the go and you don't have to pay 
megabucks to get that kind of mechanism.
It is also known that those who learn Braille are more employable than those 
who don't.  Just as sighted people still use pen and payer, the Braille is the 
best and truest means of literacy one can have and is good for when the 
computer craps out.
As for the case worker saying that at 42 one would be too older to learn 
Braille, I say bull.  I have known of several blind people who have learned 
Braille at that age and older and have been pretty good at it.  It all depends 
on what motivation you bring to the table when you go to learn it.  It depends 
on how much you want to devote to practicing it and, like any skill, you have 
to practice it to get good at it.  
Also, there is the Hadley School for the Blind which has distant learning 
courses and one of them is Braille.  The courses are free to blind and visually 
impaired people.
Should you have questions, you can email me at marshamac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Rick Harmon 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 10:28 AM
  Subject: [bct] Another dumb question

  Hi everyone,

  Should I learn Braille?  I am 42 and my case worker told me I was probably 
too old to learn it well and now a days it really wasn't as necessary with 
computers and other electronic things.  Do you agree or Should I really try to 
learn it.

  Question #2 is If so, where would I start?  My vision center here wants $125 
for an evaluation then $25 an hour for lessons.  What do you think?

  Thanks for any advice.



  My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the 
outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.
  Helen Keller

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