If you are able to read this sentence right now, be thankful that you have the gift of sight. Unfortunately, not everyone was born with this important sense. Many people who can see (even if glasses are required) often take this gift for granted, and it is hard to imagine life without being able to see.
However, for the blind and visually impaired there is still hope to be able to do seemingly impossible things like reading letters, counting numbers, and identifying shapes. Through the use of tactile graphics products, you can give the gift of knowledge to your blind or visually impaired relatives and friends. Braille flashcards are a helpful and powerful tool that can be used by teachers who teach special needs children.
The Braille system, is an alphabet that consists of a series of raised dots with various arrangements that each correspond to the letters of the English alphabet system and Arabic numeral system. This system was named after its developer, Louis Braille (who was also blind), and became the official means of communication for blind people starting in the 1800’s.
Another well-known historical figure that represents the blind community is no one other than Helen Keller. Helen Keller was actually both blind and deaf from a very young age, but was able to learn both tactile sign language and Braille in order to become knowledgeable of the world around her.
Through the Braille system, both Louis Braille and Helen Keller were able to make big differences and progress for the benefit of other blind people. The Braille system has allowed the blind and visually impaired live very normal lives with a high degree of independence. Many blind people have been able to finish school and become college graduates and work a variety of jobs, just as any able-bodied person could.