Braille Information for Parents
Braille Won't Bite
by Mingkhwan Zehner
Don't be afraid of Braille.
It won't bite you.
It just licks your hand
and gives you more information.
Braille was first developed in 1820 and is recognized as the most important single development in obtaining a quality education for the blind. However, today only about 10 percent of blind children are given the opportunity to learn Braille in school, in part because of the misconceptions surrounding the code. Because many people underestimate the importance and effectiveness of Braille, the National Federation of the Blind is striving to increase public awareness of this vital tool of independence.
Because of this, the NFB has put together resources and information to help you, the parents of blind children, not only to understand the importance of Braille but also to have the tools to advocate for your child.
Braille Articles and Research
Literacy: The Key to Opportunity
Proponents Say the Decline in Braille Instruction Is Leading to Illiteracy
Braille, Print, or Both?
Research Study: Early Braille Education Vital in Establishing Lifelong Literacy
The Impact of Braille Reading on Employment, Income, Education, and Reading Habits
Why Parents Should Learn Braille
Braille and the Preschooler
She Makes Braille Look Easy
Braille Contractions--Are They Really So Hard?
Building Braille Reading Speed: Some Helpful Suggestions
Braille Reading Speed: Are You Willing to Do What It Takes?
Emerging Victorious: How Braille Reading Pals and Similar Programs Are Promoting a More Literate Generation of Blind Children
Braille, Motivation, and Useless Trivia: How I Got on Jeopardy
101 Ways to Use Braille
Helpful Hints About Teaching Braille Reading
Braille: A Renaissance
Can Braille Change the Future?
A Morsel to Chew On
Bridge to Braille: Reading and School Success for the Young Blind Child
American Action Fund Handbook of Braille Contractions
The McDuffy Reader
The World Under My Fingers: Personal Reflections on Braille (Third Edition)
Reading by Touch: Trials, Battles, and Discoveries
Braille Writing Supplies
Tools for Learning Braille
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Braille Authority of North America
Hadley School for the Blind (family Braille courses)
Braille Literacy Information Packet
Braille and the Law