How To Learn Braille

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Braille is a system of raised dots on a page that make reading and writing possible for the blind and visually-impaired. It is recognized universally as a way for those who can't see to use their fingers to read instead. Although it may seem daunting to learn how to read without using your eyes, it is possible for anyone to use Braille in order to determine letters, numbers and words on a page. Here are some ways that you can learn Braille.

Step 1

Try an online tutorial. The Internet has many websites that offer online tutorials to help sighted people to learn Braille.  Do a search for online search for Braille tutorials. You can choose to do these online interactive audio courses in a number of languages. And it's often free. Don't question too much how you can learn Braille (a touch system of reading) using a computer. You'll first learn to recognize Braille letters visually. Eventually, you'll learn sensory reading with your fingers but the visual tutorials come first.

Step 2

Take a course. If you'd rather have someone to teach you Braille in person, you can sign up for a Braille course at college, university, or even a school for the blind. (Check your local library - sometimes even they will offer classes!) If you are a family member of a visually impaired person, you should also talk to you doctor about taking classes on Braille that are offered at certain medical offices. Taking a college course is often a preferred option for people who want a certificate or authentic accreditation that states that they have learned Braille.

Step 3

Get a tutor. If classes aren't your thing, you can learn Braille in a one-on-one environment by getting a tutor. You can work with a sighted person. But you might find that a visually-impaired person and even a blind person will be your best teacher. After all, they've got real experience with the system, right? Blind people have learned to adapt their abilities (using touch to read and write) and this is often something that a sighted tutor just won't be able to get across to you. You can usually find tutors at schools for the blind. Or perhaps your friends (or someone else you know) can recommend a Braille tutor to you. Again, check your library, ask your doctor and look into local programs in your town to find a tutor that is willing to work with you.

Step 4

Continue to practice. Even with the best teacher or tutor, Braille still takes a lot of time to learn. You aren't going to pick it up in a few weeks. As with anything, Braille takes practice in order to become comfortable with sensory reading and writing. Buy or borrow some Braille books. They're widely available, and they come in the most popular titles. Or, challenge yourself to type something in Braille, or have someone type something for you and see if you can use your fingers to read it. With enough practice and dedication, you should have no trouble learning and mastering Braille.


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