A whole raft of positive, parent-led support of Braille is raising its head, championed by Project Brailler. The notion that Braille becoming obsolete and is ‘too difficult’ is sadly spreading amongst professionals- suggesting that technology will mean that Braille has little use. Parents of Visually Impaired Children, and now the kids themselves are arguing that Braille is an essential tool for all blind children!
You can buy funky T shirts, Hoodies and car stickers to help fund Braillers for children at Project Brailler.
Quote from my 7 year old sighted daughter about the importance of Braille for her 13 year old Blind Brother: Isla (7 ) “if we didn’t have Braille, blind people wouldn’t be able to read, and reading gives you a good education and a good imagination and fills your mind with good words, and I think everyone needs to read if they can”
And arguing her point with aplomb we have the amazing Charlie #braillergirl
If asked ‘what’s the thing that can hold my son back?’; it’s not that he can’t see, but that it’s difficult for him to access our world. Braille is an essential tool for any blind child to learn, to enjoy books, to study and to write. No sighted child would be told that print is ‘tricky’ or obsolete with technological advances, and no blind child should be told the same of Braille. Lucas can choose to use Braille to a greater or lesser extent as he progresses through his life, but not to have given him the choice would have been unforgivable! He now writes Braille fluently, and we are thrilled to finally have access to a Braille music teacher so he can learn to write his compositions and play music alongside sighted peers. His Braille music teacher has urged me to continue to learn alongside him, as it’s a skill that is disappearing, which saddens me. Braille is a right, and should be seen as such by all.
The Press attention is gradually growing, and we urge you to please share, tag, sponsor, support and shout out that #braillematters and #blindkidscan