Importance of Braille in my life – Minar Singh
Braille is a tactile writing system used by the blind and the visually impaired. It is traditionally written with embossed paper. Braille-users can read computer screens and other electronic supports thanks to refreshable braille displays. They can write braille with the original slate and stylus or type it on a braille writer, such as a portable braille note-taker, or on a computer that prints with a braille embosser.
With New Technologies, Do Blind People Lose More Than They Gain?
Technology is a great thing; I think many of us can agree on that statement. Unfortunately, technology is also being used regularly as a substitute for braille, which I cannot condone.
My Experience with Braille
When I was six years old, I learned to read and write braille, the ingenious system of dots representing letters and numbers.
Braille and My Everyday Life Not to be redundant, but braille is my print, and I use it in my everyday life. A few examples include reading books, braille notes. I don’t want this generation of children to grow up without knowing how to spell, with no knowledge of vocabulary, or not understanding concepts like paragraphs, tabs, and margins.
No blind person should deprive of knowing what a comma is? What are other punctuation marks available and how they play an important role in reading, writing and communication skills?
From my experiences, I can tell you that I personally use braille for certain types of materials but not for others; for example, braille is almost a necessity for foreign languages, mathematics, sciences, and music. I don’t intend to take a negative stance on technology because I really do enjoy it. In fact, I use the www.manybooks.net website and other websites of newspapers to enhance my skills.
Audio or Braille?
However, I am simply puzzled by the following question: “Do you use audio or braille?”
I’m sorry, but … really? Were we supposed to make a choice about that? Since when were audio and braille mutually exclusive?
Even the exponential increase in the use of technology among the blind does not indicate that we must eliminate the amazing braille system. If this were a multiple-choice question, I would circle “all of the above.” In other words, technology is excellent, but don’t let braille die!
We can’t lose Braille because without it, blind people cannot be truly literate. I would say that, today wherever I’m standing it couldn’t be possible without braille.