|Abby reading braille in a phonics book.|
Something amazing happened when Abby got introduced braille. She slowly started to read. It did take some time. She had to learn the basics of braille before those dots meant anything to her fingers. She fought being taught something different than her peers. It was hard work (and still is) There was something special that happened a few months ago. She started to read. READ. There is nothing more basic in a child's education then learning to read.
I just spent some time with Abby reading on our porch and its amazing. Its fun. Sometimes there is a reading mistake, sometime there is a mistake feeling a letter, and sometimes its a braille contraction but she keeps going. She has a little bit to catch up with her grade level but I really think she will be there come second grade. It all takes practice and thats something I can give her.
Do you know there are blind children who are given inadequate braille instruction (or not at all) in this country. Think about that. No child that benefit from learning braille should be denied. Its that simple. Listening to audio books and using text to speech on a computer is not a replacement for reading. They are all tools but they don't replace reading. Abby was truly lucky. I cringe thinking about where Abby would be if she wasn't given braille. Braille is a gift I am thankful my daughter received.