Chapter four had to do with sense and perception. All of the human senses were talked about, including what we see and how we see them. It also mentions how some are unable to do so. Many of us can't imagine what it's like to be blind, although we've probably tried on occasion. If it weren't for Braille, visually impaired people wouldn't be able to read and write. The code, applied to many languages, can be seen in various public places, but few know much more than that. It is read by moving fingers left to right along characters made up of dots. Each character, or cell, is arranged in two columns with six total dots. The number and placement of dots represents a letter, a number, or punctuation. Braille isn't as limiting as one may think, either. Just as people beginning to read or write in English, different shortcuts and symbols can also be learned the longer you do it. According to nfb.org, 90% of blind American children are not taught to read at all. That was a shocking fact to learn for me. It is so important for children born blind to begin reading Braille early on. One research study found that "literacy rates of blind high school students who began their Braille education at an early age are consistent with those of their sighted peers." Hopefully in the future blindness won't hinder people from reaching full potential.
Teaching Braille Makes Sense
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