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43. BRAILLE INDUSTRY

THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND (AFB) REPORTS THAT OF THE OVER TWENTY MILLION VISION LOSS AMERICANS, ABOUT A HUNDRED THOUSAND OR A HALF PERCENT NATIONWIDE ARE BRAILLE USERS.

MANY OF THESE CONSUMERS READ AND WRITE BRAILLE DAILY, HOWEVER, AN INCREASING NUMBER DO SO USING BRAILLE IN COMBINATION WITH THEIR COMPUTER OR SMART PHONE SCREEN READER.

SPECIFICALLY, THIS TOUCH ALPHABET CAN PROVIDE THE PRINT HANDICAPPED ACCESS TO SPELLING, PARAGRAPHS, PUNCTUATION AND TEXT EDITING, AS WELL AS ACTING AS A NOTE TAKING TOOL.

HOWEVER, THE NATIONAL BRAILLE PRESS (NBP) REPORTS THAT SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF SCREEN READERS THE FREQUENCY OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION OF BRAILLE HAS DECREASED FROM 50% TO ABOUT 10% OF BLIND CHILDREN. PLUS, MANY BRAILE TAUGHT ADULTS LATER STOP OR USE BRAILLE ONLY FOR LABELING AND BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS.

BECAUSE ALL REFRESHABLE BRAILLE DISPLAYS (RBD) REQUIRE CONNECTION TO A COMPUTER THROUGH ITS SCREEN READER, INCREASINGLY THESE BRAILLE USERS HAVE DISCOVERED THEIR SCREEN READER OFFERS SIMILAR ACCESS FOR BLIND READING AND WRITING WITH SPELL CHECKER AND GRAMMAR CHECKER APPS.

FURTHER,VOICE NOTE RECORDING IS POPULAR AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO BRAILE NOTE TAKING, TALKING SCANNERS ARE AFFORDABLE AND FREQUENT HELP FROM HUMAN READERS IS STILL COMMONPLACE.

LIKEWISE, THE PUBLIC COST FOR BRAILLE TECHNOLOGY NEEDS TO BE WEIGHED BECAUSE OF THE SMALL USER BASE.

THE ONGOING ADVOCATES ARE EXISTING BRAILLE USERS, BRAILLE INSTRUCTORS, BRAILLE ORGANIZATIONS AND BRAILLE VENDORS. OF COURSE THE LATTER HAS A PARTICULAR VESTED INTEREST BECAUSE RBD'S COST MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, WITH EVEN A SMALL DEVICE PRICED AT NEARLY THE SAME AS A COMPLETE MACINTOSH DESKTOP COMPUTER WITH BUILT-IN SCREEN READER.

FINALLY, IN ADDITION TO YOU-TUBE THE FOLLOWING ARE GOOD RESOURCES TO ANSWER 21ST CENTURY BRAILLE AWARENESS...
LINK: E-MAIL BRAILLE NEWSLETTER
SITE: WWW DOT AFB DOT ORG / DOTS
SCROLL TO: HEADING - DOTS FOR BRAILLE LITERACY

LINK: AFB E-LEARN
SITE: WWW DOT AFB DOT ORG
SEARCH FOR: HEADING - BRAILLE RELATED WEBINARS

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