T-Base Communications—a Canadian producer of accessible materials and member of the Braille Authority of North America—asked me to write a piece about why braille is important to me. Here’s just an excerpt, and you can read the full post on their blog:
I grew up as a poor, uneducated and hopeless child with little literacy and destined for failure. And, oh yeah, I was totally sighted…20/20, good, perfect, and normal vision. But I grew up in a neighborhood and culture where literacy was little understood and greatly unappreciated. At age 17, I was left totally and completely blind after a horrific accident.
More importantly, I was left broken, illiterate and with little hope for any sort of future whatsoever.