Braille is Beautiful - "Jake and the Secret Code"By Castellano, Carol; Future Reflections, Vol. 20, No. 2
Publication Date: Spring/Summer 2001
Article describes Braille is Beautiful, a program from the National Federation of the Blind that consists of a video set intended to introduce sighted elementary school children to Braille as a fun and interesting method of reading and writing. Through the course of the video, students receive a positive message about blindness and the abilities of people who are blind or have low vision. The main components of the package are a 15-minute video called “Jake and the Secret Code,” a teacher’s discussion guide, and a second short video entitled “That the Blind May Read.” “Jake and the Secret Code” tells the story of a sighted nine-year-old boy who becomes separated from his mother, who is also sighted, during a shopping trip at the National Center for the Blind. The boy wanders into the office of a staff member who is blind, and becomes fascinated by the man’s ability to read Braille. The second video, “That the Blind May Read,” explains the literacy crisis that confronts young students who are blind, and provides background information for teachers. The video was developed with adults in mind, but can be used with older students.
Assistive Products Discussed: BRAILLE IS BEAUTIFUL CURRICULUM SET
BRAILLE IS BEAUTIFUL VIDEO SET
Published by: National Federation of the Blind (Website:http://www.nfb.org)
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (Web Site: http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Parents_and_Teachers.asp )
Link to text: http://www.nfb.org/FR/FR5/frss0101.htm