By: Lynda Crouch, Vision Consultant, Assistive Technology Professional
For National Sight Day, Little Light House therapist Lynda Crouch shares all about braille. Lynda is a Nationally Certified Low-Vision Therapist and is one of six individuals in the state of Oklahoma endorsed by Perkins Roman for cortical vision impairment. She has served individuals who are blind and visually impaired for almost thirty years.
So, what is braille? Braille is a tactile code for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to access daily print and engage in writing. Braille provides written communication, access to academics, and skills for employment.
Today there is a large reliance on auditory skills for individuals with vision impairment, but research shows if children have daily access to practicing braille, they will succeed academically, be independent with daily activities, and have increased opportunities for future employment.
Lynda addresses the following questions:
- What is braille?
- Why is it important to be proactive?
- What are some indicators a child needs intervention?
- What are the skills a child needs if they are going to use braille? (Pre-Braille Skills)
- How does the six-cell braille format work?
- What are some easy activities I can use to help my child learn braille?