In honor of what would have been Louis Braille’s 205th birthday, we asked parents and educators to reflect on the importance of his braille code in their children’s lives.
- Emily Coleman writes about Why Those Dots Are Important to Me
- Susan Harper, a home-schooling mom and frequent guest blogger, writes about What Braille Means to Our Son and Family
- Dr. Kay Ferrell, who monitors FamilyConnect’s Parents of Infants and Toddlers message board, shared an excerpt from her book, Reach Out and Teach, on Early Tools of Literacy for Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired
No matter your child’s age, visual acuity, or stage of development, FamilyConnect has articles on everything from the basics of braille, to Helping Your Blind or Visually Impaired Baby Learn about Reading and Writing to Reading and Making Tactile Books with Your Child and more.
You can learn more about braille on the AFB site, and explore early photographs, engravings, and illustrations from books preserved in the American Foundation for the Blind’s Archives and Rare Book Collection in the online Louis Braille museum. And don’t forget our favorite kid-friendly resource, the Braille Bug®!
What does braille mean to you? Has your child been learning the braille code, or finding another route to literacy?