A Morsel to Chew On: The Importance of Quality BrailleBy Loos, Barbara Walker; Future Reflections, Vol. 25, No. 1
Publication Date: Winter/Spring 2006
Article focuses on the author’s thoughts on the importance of quality Braille materials for students with visual disabilities in the classroom. The author discusses the frustration in discovering that the Braille text a student who is blind or has low vision is using is different than the text the rest of the class is working on. While the actual words might be the same, chances are that the formatting is not. If materials are simply run through a scanner with Braille translation software, text might not be centered, paragraphs might not be indented, and everything could just wind up as one big lump of text. Page numbers might not even be presented in Braille, which would make it very difficult to follow along with the rest of the class. The author contends that Braille, much like print, is really only useful when producers, proofreaders, and readers are properly trained. She also holds that the same consideration that is given to the production of print materials should be applied to Braille.
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/Images/nfb/Publications/fr/fr21/fr06ws13.htm