[AI] your thoughts on braille

sweety.bhalla sweety.bhalla at ifciltd.com
Wed Jun 4 05:17:04 EDT 2008


I do agree with you. No other than Braille, can help us to mark our so many 
useful stuff. For example, in my case, to use PIN, TIN, Credit Cards, Debit 
Cards, important files, folders, Cassettes, CDs, Envelops etc. without 
seeking any help independently only Braille makes it possible. Otherwise, I 
can not manage it with my full confidence. Apart from this, it is very 
powerful tool for us to keep our confidential documents with safety like 
PIN, TIN etc. and use it on our own.
Regards
(Sweety Bhalla)
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vasu" <Vasu at BarrierBreak.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] your thoughts on braille


> Sorry to differ but here is my personal view.
>
> Braille is certainly one of the accessible formats. No doubt I believe in
> technology for 100% but there are lot of ways where Braille could be of
> immense help. For instance, to identify the bottles of medicine or buttons
> in a lift, Braille labels would be of great help though there is expensive
> technology available for this.
>
> This is my personal view and no means to offense any one.
>
> Regards,
> Vasu
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firoz [mailto:firojjee at gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 12:41 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] your thoughts on braille
>
> i think braillee is now out of date concept
>
> even since start of intigrated school or allowing blind students in 
> studying
>
> main school with tape recorder and computer
>
> in near future definetly braillee is gone
>
>
> this are my views
>
> firoz
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Subramani L" <lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 12:32 PM
> Subject: [AI] your thoughts on braille
>
>
>> Folks:
>>
>> Appologies for the lengthy mail.
>>
>> A couple of weeks from now 'Sahana', a trust in Bangalore is holding its
>> workshop to emphasise the importance of using Braille by the visually
>> challenged, despite widespread availability of technology. I thought
>> this could be a right occasion to write (in my newspaper) about how
>> Braille teaching/learning and its wider use is fairing against the
>> increasing number of accessible technology/devices. In this regard I
>> would like you all to share your opinions or personal experience on
>> Braille learning or use in your daily lives. Giving a few pointer below
>> for you all to think. I request you to contribute to this topic with
>> relevant and thought provoking messages, both for and against Braille.
>>
>> -The trustee Mr Varadarajan with whom I spoke, doesn't dismiss the
>> prominent role technology is playing in making the VC employable and
>> compete with others in the mainstream. But, he feels in the excitement
>> created by computer/technology, promotion and retention of Braille as
>> the primary medium of reading/writing for the VCs has been ignored or
>> given second preference at best.  Who is responsible for this? Do you
>> think trainers neglect Braille or do you think the urgency they need to
>> show in getting employment for the VCs justifies any neglect they may
>> show towards Braille?
>>
>> -Though people like Mr Varadarajan have been stressing the importance of
>> learning Braille, the wide ranging application of technology has
>> virtually eliminated the need for the VCs to go through the pains of
>> learning, or, writing in Braille. This, in many ways, is comparable to
>> the so-called art of letter writing which is almost extinct thanks to
>> PCs, laptops and mobilephones. So, do you think it is pratcial for the
>> VCs to adopt to technology at the expense of Braille?
>> -Of course, the fact remains that Braille is still relevant for 90 or
>> more percent of VCs who have virtually no access to computer. But, given
>> that NGOs and training institutes have started to address the access
>> problem and, hopefully, in a few years time almost all VCs will have
>> access, do you think Braille can be consigned safely to the museum?
>> -There are also attempts to incorporate Braille in technologies with the
>> advent of refreshable Braille systems, Braille keyboards and output
>> devices. Given that this would still restrict communication only between
>> the VCs and will not fully help interaction with others in the
>> mainstream, can we still look Braille as the most relevant medium for
>> us? (Please feel free to contribute your own views independent of these
>> points)
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Subramani
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