The Importance Of Learning Braille

Braille Is an Important Skill for Individuals Who Are Blind

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Braille Is Still an Important Resource for People who Are Blind. Getty

In today's high-tech digital age, blind and visually impaired individuals have dozens of highly effective options for communication. Text-to-speech technology now makes it easy for those living with such disabilities to comprehend text on a website or even pages in a book. This leaves one to question whether or not learning braille is truly necessary. The short answer to this question is yet - learning braille offers a number of unique benefits, many of which are unique and can't be achieved through text-to-speech technology.

Many disability advocates disagree on the relevance of Braille. It seems that some are staunch supporters, while others feel that technologies have advanced to the point that Braille may not be the most efficient way for individuals who are blind to read, learn, and enjoy books for entertainment. This article explores the reasons why Braille is still relevant in today's world.


The single most important aspect of learning Braille boils down to literacy. You can listen to audiobooks and speech software for hours on end, but it's not going to teach you the fundamentals of sentence structure, punctuation, etc. These are things that can only taught through writing, or in this case - braille. To some, braille may only seem like small dots on tablet or surface, but those dots are learning tools that teach visually impaired individuals a number of different things.

By scrolling over the dots with your finger, you can determine how words and sentences are structured, which is an invaluable tool for blind and visually impaired individuals.

Braille consists of both small and large dots arranged in various patterns. The small dots are used to describe letters, while the larger dots are used to describe punctuation. For instance, two large dots in the center is a colon. By learning Braille, you will also learn punctuation, and this is a huge benefit of its own.

Braille In Public Areas

Braille is still commonly used in a variety of public areas and buildings. You can find it on ATM machines, bus stops, airports, parks and bathrooms. This allows blind and visually impaired people to navigate their way around areas with ease. Placing your hand up against a Braille tablet or surface will allow you to read what it has to say. A braille tablet might tell you whether a bathroom is for men or women, which is something you probably want to know before entering.

If you don't put forth the effort to learn this system of writing, you won't be able to read Braille used in these areas. Even with all of the advanced text-to-speech communication available, there's simply nothing that compares to learning Braille.

Braille has been around for nearly 2 centuries, changing very little throughout this time. The only significant change was consolidating the system into dots rather than dashes and dots. Louis Braille, the system's inventor, originally created braille with both dashes and dots, but unfortunately this led to some confusion.

To help simplify the system, it was broken down into strictly small and large dots.

Using text-to-speech software is certain to help visually impaired individuals cope with their disability, but there's simply nothing that compares to Braille technology. Ever since it was first invented back in the early 1800s, it's become the standard reading method for blindness, and many believe it will change anytime soon.

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