Communication is a huge part of our survival today. Overcoming communication gaps in relationships or whether it is improving your soft skills to express yourself better, immense work is being done to improve these channels to communicate better! In 1909, Edward Titchener came up with the concept of empathy which is so very prevalent today. It is one of the basic qualities you look for in your parents, children, partner, student, friend, or anyone, you name it!
Braille and the World
In 1824, Louis Braille, who was blinded at the age of three, came up with the system of communication which is a big life savior today, Braille. It is used as a system of communication for people who are blind or visually challenged.
Today, braille is not just a writing system on paper but also digitally available. From elevator instructions to the manual in airplanes, they all are available in braille today. It allows specially-abled to be independent and help them. It has also helped integrate a society of blind people and with the increased use of braille, the demands of literacy among them have skyrocketed. Braille also holds a significant advantage over the audio format of learning since written communication is one of the primary means of learning and expressing. All in all, braille has had a huge impact on our world today.
A few years ago, I began wondering,
Why don’t we learn braille?
So I began researching this topic. Learning sign language today is a known practice, but learning braille isn’t. That is because we can communicate with visually challenged people verbally. Learning braille not only has advantages for visually challenged people but also for sighted people. It is said that it is easy to grasp and learn braille with your eyes. But you will still not be as fast a visually challenged person reading and interpreting braille with their touch. Isn’t it beautiful? The loss of one sense heightens the others! For sighted people, braille will help enhance your senses even more and increase your creativity. A lot of people learn braille from a friend or to communicate with a loved one!
Braille is not a language, it is alphabets that are written in almost all of the languages. In 2009, a study revealed that only 10% of Americans with blindness can read braille! Around only seven percent of people in the world registered as visually challenged can read braille. It is very important to spread awareness and help this society grow and soar, soar and cross all boundaries. Blind students today compete in the real world, so let us join hands and help promote braille!