A Blinding Accident, Braille and a Ph.D.

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.

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Edward Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC

Edward Bell, Ph.D., CRC, NOMC

Dr. Bell is the Director of the Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University.
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