In Defense of Braille in the Digital Age

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The concern that technology is replacing Braille is unwarranted. Rather, technology supports and elevates literacy including braille literacy, as long as it is integrated with purpose and function in the classroom. Braille remains the primary means to literacy for non-visual learners.

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  • 1. IN DEFENSE OFBRAILLE IN THEDIGITAL AGEGETTING IN TOUCH WITH LITERACYPROVIDENCE, RIDECEMBER 5, 2013Yue-Ting Siu, TVIUC Berkeley & San Francisco State University

2. Wispy myths 3. Because of technologyBraille is:More widely availableMore immediately available More independently available 4. TechnologyBraille Self-determined behavior Improved postsecondary outcomes Improved employment outcomes(Capella-McDonnall, 2005; Kapperman, 2009; Kelly,2011) 5. Braille + tech = ? LiteracyProofreadingNuances of languageMembership to a communityEqual aptitude and respect in theworkplace Functional Literacy 6. Powerful wayfinding 7. Technology use: 2000-2010Classroom teachers69%53%0% 25% 50% 75% 100%20002010TVIs1998-2002 *41%42%0% 25% 50% 75% 100%2011(Abner & Lahm, 2002; Edwards & Lewis, 1998; Gray, L., Thomas, N., and Lewis, L.,2010; Kapperman et al., 2002; Kelly, 2009, 2011; U.S. Dept. of Education, NCES,2000) 8. Recalibrating instructionalobjectivesDependentaccessAvailabilityDevicemasteryIndependentaccessImmediateaccessContent mastery 9. Technology by Design(Mishra & Koehler, 2005) Context-specific = Case studyapproach Rationale development Understanding of dynamic betweentechnology, pedagogy, content, andlearnersTechnology Embedded in Instruction 10. Technology goals in the IEP1. Setting in which technology will be used.2. Purpose for which technology will beused.3. Level of dependence/independence,including the types and number ofprompts.4. Identify tech by the functions that arenecessary for use.5. How use of technology to completeinstructional activities will be measured 11. http://bit.ly/brldigitalage Resource for linking iPad torefreshable braille displayHow to use Dropbox to provide workelectronically and immediately tostudents How to write AT goals Digital texts from Bookshare: DAISY,NIMACwww.facebook.com/yuetingsiutwitter @TVI_ting 12. Louis BrailleAccess to communication in the widest sense isaccess to knowledge, and that is vitallyimportant for us if we [the blind] are not to go onbeing despised or patronized by condescendingsighted people. We do not need pity, nor do weneed to be reminded we are vulnerable. Wemust be treated as equals and communicationis the way this can be brought about.