[AI] your thoughts on braille

Praful Vyas prafulnvyas at gmail.com
Wed Jun 4 10:22:03 EDT 2008


Ketan is absolutely correct that there is no substitute for Braille in
the present scenario.

Praful Vyas.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ketan Kothari" <muktaketan at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 7:31 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] your thoughts on braille


> Let me be forthright is saying that there is no substitute for Braille in
> the present sceneario.  There are several reasons for my saying so:
>
> In the first place, even though the sighted use computer they read while
the
> blind listen.  There cannot be any substitute for reading.  It increases
> imagination.
>
> In the second place, the knowledge of spellings, grammar and semantics can
> only be increased by reading Braille.
>
> In the third place, in countries like ours where we have a multitude of
> languages Braille can reach all  but computers have a long way to go in
this
> regard.  In fact, why has noone asked why we need to use Roman or any
other
> scripts?
>
> Admittedly, there are certain drawbacks with Braille such as space
> consumption and time consumption, within the given circumstances Braille
has
> no replacement.
>
> Further, let it be remembered by one and all that even those who do not
know
> Braille have benefitted through its spread since it is through this script
> that most of us got educated and became visible in society.
>
> As has been stated earlier by many others Braille can be utilized where no
> technology can be used and even if there were to be small gadgets the
costs
> involved would be phenomenal.
>
> Frankly, those sighted people who claim to be working for our welfare have
> created a situation where such questions are being raised.  Braille is
> presently necessary and must be promoted at all costs.
> ----- 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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