Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby

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So I've been thinking about literacy, and how important it is to be able to write and read. For me, it's easier to get my thoughts down on paper, than it is to say them sometimes. I was just thinking about how bad it would be if I had no Braille.
Because of services like Web Braille, bookshare and the like, I can read a lot of different books. Granted, I still don't have as much access as I'd like, but I can read a lot. I wish I'd understood that before, especially as a young kid. I fought Braille tooth and nail. I didn't want to use anything accept tapes.
The other thing I fought was the slate and stylus. I figured I'd never need it. We'll, I've felt the bumps, and I know that for me, Braille is the best way to go. I've even started using the slate and stylus more.
For anyone who's not sure about Braille, or the slate and stylus, let me share the different uses I've found
1. One time, I forgot to charge my BrailleNote when i needed to. Unfortunately, I had a class I needed to take notes fore. My battery was dead, what was I going to do? Well, I pulled out the slate and stylus, and begged a friend for notebook paper, and punched away. Granted, notebook paper isn't the prefferred method of recording with a slate and stylus, but hey, it worked. I went home, charged the BrailleNote and transferred the notes.
2. If I didn't use Braille, I would not use the BrailleNote. For those of you who don't know, I absolutely love the BrailleNote! It's a Braille note taker. So just think of what I would have missed.
3. My spelling has improved since I started using more Braille. I know, I know, it's hard to imagine that I was any worse, but I was! You can't learn to spell by using speech, it just doesn't always work!
I don't want to give the misenterpretation that I hated Braille, 'cause I didn't. I just didn't love it the way I do now!
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