[bct] Re: Another dumb question

  • From: "Alan Schlank" <aschlank@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 15:15:30 -0500

Adding to what Marsha has already said: Many years ago I chided my wife for
spending time teaching a woman in her mid-sixties to learn Braille.  She
recently died - forty years later or so.






From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Marsha Macchi
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 2:59 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Another dumb question


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 <mailto:rickharmon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>  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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