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Braille Information for Parents

Braille Won't Bite 

by Mingkhwan Zehner

A blind baby looks at a Braille story book with her dad.

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.   
A blind girl reads a Braille book.

Braille Programs

Braille Reading Pals - Early Literacy Program 
Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest
Letters from Santa

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     A young blind girl learns how to read Braille with the help of a blind woman.
101 Ways to Use Braille
Helpful Hints About Teaching Braille Reading
Braille: A Renaissance  
Can Braille Change the Future?
A Morsel to Chew On

Braille Resources/Books

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)
Pop-Up IEP
Reading by Touch: Trials, Battles, and Discoveries    
Braille Writing Supplies
Tools for Learning Braille       
Braille Storybooks     
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   

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