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Can your family read braille?

I'm just curious, I've started picking up books and reading all kinds of materials about braille. I would love to be prepared for our little one when he comes - adopted from foster care. But it seems a little overwhelming, probably because it's a second language for me! ha ha

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Re:Can your family read braille?



Hello there:
I have been blind all my life and my family was never able to pick up braille but some of my best friends learned some by reading letters I would write them. The way I taught them was by first showing them the alphabet and letting them braille on the braille writer. If you can get one of those and practice that way it may come easier to you.
Hope this helps.
Mimi


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Greetings,

our 5 year old son was diagnosed with Cone Rod Dystrophy 8 months ago and his sight has deteriorated rapidly to the point where he is learning Braille at his mainstream school.

I have decided to learn to support him and the "a ha"{ point for me was when my son's Braille teacher pointed out that I would "read" the bumps and not attempt to learn through touch!

My husband and I spent a couple of hours with my son's Braille teacher and we were away. She mentioned that there are intensive courses we could do (in New Zealand) so I am sure you could find something similar.

The Braille system is really very clever and not too difficult to pick up - just a bit of practice. In really boring work meetings I write my notes in Braille (dots on the page) just to keep my hand in.

Best of luck!


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All six of us read braille, only one by touch. It is easy to just write the print letter below the braille letters to be able to translate it. All tags on Christmas gifts are just written in braille and everyone can find their own gifts, since they just have to count the number of letters when young or the first letter of their name if it is different than all the others.

Bob


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Greetings,

I'm blind and 16 and I'm the only one in my whole family that reads braille.

Sarah


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Hello,
I am fifteen and legally blind. I read both braille and large print because part of my condition causes weak eye muscles thus creating an inability to focus for long periods of time. I love to read and braille and it has opened up many doors for me. My family doesn't read braille but it can be helpful. You do not have to use it by touch to be able to help him with his homework or with say a word he doesnt know or wants to spell. Keep in mind though that the rest of the world does not read braille and it is up to us to adapt.
Good Luck!
Rebecca


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im a single mother to a mostly blind infant. my sons vision therapist suggested i learn braille now so when he gets to that point i can help him. it was really difficult at first but i kept at it. once you get the general idea down the rest just follows. the way i used to practice is to get a book and copy it into braille. another way is to pick your favorite song and write that in braille. after a while you'll start noticing things when your out and about, like the braille on restroom signs.

once you know what position all the dots are in when you look at them, then try using your hands (keep in mind your finger tips are not as sensitive and are not used to being used to read) this will take some time. im still working on that part but im gettin there.

good luck.


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Nobody in my family learned to read braille. I grew up before computers. Your blind child will be able to read mail and messages from others and generally b able to read more using computers than we ever did. It is important for blind folks to read braille. Given the number of ways sighted and blind folks now have to communicate, I wonder if it makes sense for you to put the kind of energy into learning braille which it will take. Your intentions are great. You will fin


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Hello,

My family does not read braille. I am the only one and I have to read it by touch since I am totally blind.
I would recommend learning the alphabet first, and reading it by sight. Your intentions are great though.

Liz


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I am now a totally blind mom as of year now. I learned braille a year and a half ago and love it. My daughter is totally sifghted I should add. I chose to learn for obvious reasons, but also so I can read with her. I learned braille at a place called the braille institute and from there I am able to order free childrens books to read to my daughter. I also have been told you can learn online at the Hadley school for the blind. I recommened this for any family who has a parent or child with vision loss. Your family can come together better that way.


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I read braille now. I recently lost my vision and realized I needed to. My daughter on the other hand is totally sighted. This is good for it does open up new avenues and you are also able to read with them. It is also neet to share this with them. Life will be hard enough. I learned braille and it took maybe eight months. Try doing it with a blind fold so you have a better idea in your head of what to visualize. We are such visual people this is the best way to bridge that gap. I learned braille at a place called braille instittute where you can also order free braille books for children and adults or I have been told an online calss as well at the Hadley school for the blind. Good luck.


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Hello, I learned braille about ten months ago due to the fact that I lost my vision a year and a half ago. I did not want to be in the dark and i love to read. I also wanted to learn to read this new language and it is, because of my daughter. she is fully sighted and has no problems, but I wanted to be able to read to her at night and with her. I learned braille at the braille institute . Here you can oreder books for free in braille for children and adult as well as ordering audio books. Or there is the hadley school for the blind. They have an online course to learn this new morse code. Try to blind fold yourself when learning. We are such visual people that your eyes will stump you up when tryig to learn this. Good luck.


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Absolutely none of my family know braille. I have a niece that learned a few phrases before she was even seven but other than that no one. I do know most of grade one braille but the class I was taking was canceled about the time I was getting ready to start grade two. I have heard of the Hadley school online but was sceptical on how affective it would be without being face to face with an instructor. Many of you seem to have good things to say about it though so I think I will check it out.
Sincerely,
Nikki
http://playingtheblindcard.blogspot.com


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