Future Reflections         Special Issue: A Celebration of Braille

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From the Editor

Barbara CheadlePutting together this special issue in celebration of Braille has been both a joy and an agony. How could one begin to choose what to print and what to set aside with so much rich and varied material from which to choose? In the end, the title--A Celebration of Braille--had to be my guide in making otherwise impossible choices. This could not be a history--though some of that is included--or a resource manual, instruction book, or a reference book. All these already exist in a number of excellent publications not to mention the rich resources of the Web. (Speaking of which, the fastest way to get good information about any aspect about Braille is to begin your search at the NFB sponsored Web site, <www.Braille.org>.) So don’t expect to find a definitive collection of information about Braille as a code, Braille programs, organizations that promote or produce Braille, Braille technology, the future prospects for Braille, or the history of Braille. What you will find are inspiring stories that celebrate the impact Braille has had in the lives of ordinary people, exciting articles that describe a few of the innovative programs that bring the beauty and versatility of Braille into the lives of both blind and sighted children, informative articles with practical tips and strategies about how to use Braille more effectively, rousing calls-to-action from Braille advocates, and some fun facts about Braille that readers can easily share with family and friends. Because of the timing of this issue, it also contains a pre-registration form and a schedule of the extensive, exciting activities planned by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children for families at the 2009 NFB Convention in Detroit, July 3-8. (Among the varied events planned by NOPBC is a Braille Carnival for the kids.) So read, enjoy, and join in the 2009 world-wide celebration of Braille.

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