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Marks for effort

I met someone yesterday whose business card had her name and phone number embossed on it in Braille. Apart from my own general fascination with alphabets, my grandmother used to do some work with Braille, though I was never quite clear what - her eyesight was better than mine is. I spotted immediately that the Braille spelling on this person's business card was wrong - her surname has six letters, but the Braille version had only five and was missing the one Braille letter I can actually recognise. ('a')

She works for an organisation involved with equality issues, though herself is not on the disability dossier, which explains both why they made the effort and why nobody had yet spotted the mistake. But I wonder how many people, in general, have their names in Braille on their business cards (and indeed how many of them have got it right), and I also wonder if this is actually much use for people with visual disabilities, who possibly on the whole aren't in the same habit as I am of collecting small bits of card with very small writing on them.



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Jan. 11th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
Also, the number of braille users is dropping, because the number of congenitally blind (and blind in childhood illness and accident) is dropping. Of my four students with severe visual impairments, only one is a braille reader.
Jan. 11th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Yes, good point: most people who go blind later in life cannot learn Braille.
Jan. 11th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
There's also no tendency to "dual training". I have one student with a very severe congenital impairment who, if you ask me, should have been taught braile as well as sight reading. But no: give her the thickest specs they can find, and let her struggle.
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
I 100% agree with you. My son is profoundly VI and has been forced to reply on print (with CCTV, magnifyers etc) for reading. This is a slow and exhausting process for him.
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Do they give a reason for not dual training people? Out of interest just because back when I was in primary school there was one girl who had a braille typewriter because she was very visually impaired while another boy who was less impaired never seemed to get anything in braille, and I would have thought that it would be like languages where learning two at the same time younger was easier than learning them sequentially when you're older.
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Not that I know of, It just doesn't happen.
Jan. 11th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
The only organisation I deal with that routinely has Braille on its business cards is, unsurprisingly, the RNIB. I am not entirely sure that business cards in Braille is that bad an idea; I keep a box of 'cold contacts' business cards in alphabetical order, and I can't see that that wouldn't be similarly functional for a blind person if Braille business cards were the norm rather than the exception.
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
It may be that two of the letters in the person's name form a recognised contraction in Braille, i.e. a combination of letters that have been given a representation in one 6-dotted 'cell'.

For example, you can use one cell to represent i, n, g, ing, tion, and, st, ch etc, to save on typing (a Brailler has six keys which you hit simultaneously to emboss a cell).

Or it could be a mistake.
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
As someone else said, there are symbols for combinations of letters, so the A might have been part of an AN symbol, say.

I don't remember if I've seen any business cards with Braille on them, but I do remember being impressed that the guy who came to check our boiler showed me his ID card and pointed out the Braille; my landlords had warned him that I would be home by myself and that I am visually impaired. I'm not visually impaired enough to need Braille, but I think it's really cool that it is there.
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
Might be the Braile equivalent of something like the German ß instead of ss.
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