I truly believe that this project will reach its target as you cannot help but be moved by the children who took part. These are not sad stories but awe inspiring ones – given the appropriate tools at the right time we can unlock any child’s true potential.Commented on Project Brailler on 09 February 2015
I am a teacher of the visually impaired in the United States. Last year, one of the children in a summer Braille enrichment program I helped teach had the SmartBrailler on loan to her during the summer. She brought it to the program for the first day as a “show and tell”. Then, the children got to working with it during the activities afterward. Next thing you know, everybody, even the adults, wants a turn! The mom was so gracious and brought the SmartBrailler during the entire program because the children were responding to it so well. The amount of improvement in the childrens’ Braille skills was remarkable. I hope that every child who is identified as a Braille reader will have access to a SmartBrailler. It proved to be a very effective tool during our summer program. If you are thinking of donating to this cause, do not hesitate to do so! It will definitely make a real difference in the life of the child who receives one of these braillers!Jamie Allison - a braille teacher
“There is a wonder in reading Braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back.”Jim Fiebig
What is braille?
Braille is a system of six raised dots, arranged in two columns of three dots. It changed the world for blind people as it allowed them to learn a new code enabling them to read and write! Braille is just the alphabet and numbers, designed to be read by fingers rather than eyes.
The simple fact is that braille changes lives. It gives thousands of people independence, learning, literacy, and the enjoyment of reading. Braille opens doors, and gives hope and inspiration.
The need to read
If you are sighted, just think about how often you read during the day, when you encounter signs and maps, or labels on food and drink. Knowing how to write and read braille means that people can label tins of food in the cupboard, read medicine packaging or even just play cards.
Braille isn’t just a replacement for writing. It is easy to forget how important colours, logos, symbols and other visual signposting are to working out what something is. Imagine a world where you couldn’t rely on the pictures on labels or the symbols on machinery.
Why should children learn braille?
There is a clear need to teach braille to blind and partially sighted children from a young age so that they have it as a skill for life. Without braille it is very difficult for blind children to become literate. The joys of punctuation, grammar and spelling are readily accessible via the braille code.