[bct] Re: Learn Braille?

  • From: "Rich De Steno" <ironrock@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2006 08:39:46 -0500

I doubt you will ever want to read entire books in braille learning at this
age.  You probably would be able to read many more books by registering with
your local branch of the NLS Library for the Blind and borrowing their
recorded books.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rick Harmon" <rickharmon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 8:28 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Learn Braille?

> Hi everyone,
> Thanks so very much for all the responses.  Yes they have been great and
> very helpful for me.
> I have decided for now to order a set of Braille flash cards from a place
> online and try to learn the alphabet and numbers and see where I can go
> there.
> I want for now to do labeling, but would love to be able to read books
> again.  I used to be a avid book reader before 1994.  I really haven't
> able to since then though.  So it would be a great goal for me.
> Learning grade 1 first and we'll see from there.
> Thanks again for all the great responses, you are all great.
> Rick
> =====
> My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold,
> outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.
> Author:
> Helen Keller
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mike Justice" <m.d.justice@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 11:50 PM
> Subject: [bct] Re: Learn Braille?
> Rick,
>      I have enjoyed reading the numerous responses and differing points of
> view to your question about Braille, and I hope it is encouraging to you
> know how much help is available.  I decided to use Beth's post for my
> comments, because I thought she made a very good example of how simple the
> basics can be.  I learned Braille at age 27 in 1974 with partial sight,
> before I returned to work as the Assistant Superintendent of the
> Treatment Plant.  The Braille instructor at the rehab center that I
> attended, was a woman blind from birth, and she had a masters degree in
> education.  She could read Braille aloud so fluidly, it sounded just like
> sighted person reading print.  This was an eleven week program, with the
> daily Braille class of about an hour, with homework assignments.  After
> course was over, I purchased a Perkins Brailler, and a variety of slates.
> The one I used the most for pocket notes was a card slate for 3 by 5
> standard index file cards.  I paper clipped Braille notes to paper
> that I needed to refer to later, such as items I would show to a sighted
> colleague.  I actually used Braille less in the office as my sight
> diminished to only light perception; but only because speech access for
> documents stored on computer, voice mail, and Email became office
> My favorite slate now is a four line, 28 cell model with slots at each end
> of the second line so that standard Dymo label tape can be used for
> labels.  It is easy to use 3 by 5 or 4 by 6 index cards in this slate, so
> is a very versatile tool for notes and labeling.  I never developed my
> Braille reading skill sufficiently to make reading anything of length
> practical for me, but I am very glad I have Braille as one of my assistive
> tools.
> Mike Justice,
> www.MPNHome.net
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Beth" <fb-oe@xxxxxxx>
> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 7:29 PM
> Subject: [bct] Learn Braille?
>  Also, don't let anyone tell you that an "expert" must teach Braille.
>  Hogwash!  I've never been to school to learn how to teach Braille and I'm
>  going to give you a quick lesson right now.  Ready?
>  Think of three dots, vertically placed, from the top down--1, 2 and 3.
> Now,
>  opposite 1 is 4, opposite 2 is 5, opposite 3 is 6.
>  Okay:  A is dot 1, B is 1 and 2, C is 1 and 4.
>  You can now write "cab" = Dots 1 and 4 = C, dot 1 = A, dots 1 and 2 = B.
>  There--easy!  Beth
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