31 Days of Braille: Day 23

January 23, 2018

How to Learn Braille

Steve Kelley CRC, CVRT

If you have a school age child, braille can be taught in school with a Teacher for the Visually Impaired (TVI) coordinated through the school. As an adult learner you may have several options.

One of the easiest ways to get started is to contact the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. They offer a wide variety of correspondence courses, including several on braille. There are is no cost for these courses for anyone with a verified vision impairment. Call them toll free at 800-323-4238 to get started. Don't think you can do it? William Hadley, a retired school teacher, lost his vision later in life. After learning braille himself, he resolved to teach others, starting with his first correspondence student in 1920. Today, William Hadley's dream serves 10,000 students a year from all over the world!

To find someone locally, look in the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Directory of Services for a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, or search under "Braille and Reading Instruction." Many of the services in the directory are provided through your state, or a local non-profit, and there may be no out-of-pocket charge. Get going!

What do you think? Can you share a tip or thought about braille? Let's get the word out! Share your thought with skelley@theiris.org or send a tweet to @lowvisiontech or leave a comment after this post or on the Iris Network Facebook page. #31DaysofBraille

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