Elementary Visually Impaired Program
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Kennedy Elementary School
Mrs. Marsh - Visually Impaired Program
What is Braille?
Braille is a tactile writing system used by the blind and visually impaired in which letters and words consist of raised dots in different arrangements. In the first of the grades of Braille, grade 1, each possible arrangement of dots within a cell represents only one letter, number, or punctuation sign. Below is an example of the Braille alphabet...each letter corresponds to a Braille symbol.
How do students write in Braille?
Students use special Braille type writers, or Braille Writers, when they are writing in Braille. Students learn to manipulate the keys to produce different letters, words, numbers, and punctuation. Below is an example of a Perkins Braille Writer like we use at Kennedy.
As students get older they learn to use electronic Braille writing devices that are capable of accessing the internet for sending emails, writing documents, and can be hooked up to an embosser (a machine that prints out Braille pages with raised dots) for printing.
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