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The Braille Highway

For your reading convenients below you will find all the Braille Highway published in 2019

January 2019

Happy New Year! Wishing you a year filled with happiness, good health, prosperity, and lots of blessings. It is not only a new calendar year but The Blind Perspective is a year older and of course, so is the Braille Highway.

It is also Louis Brailleís 210th birthday on January 4th. Keeping Mr. Brailleís birthday in mind, I will be giving a quick lesson on learning braille. I will begin by stating that I am not a braille instructor nor do I have any training in teaching. For folks who may have learning braille as one of their New Yearís resolution I will give you a very basic and brief lesson on the A, B, Cís & braille numbers. I do encourage you to find an official institution that teaches braille once you get the fundamentals from this article. As per usual, I do invite you to email me by using my address mentioned at the beginning of this article.

The directions below are for use with a braille writer, not the slate and stylus. I would recommend that you have ample braille paper available to practice on, as practice makes perfect.
We will begin with the first ten letters of the alphabet. First the letter, then the dots needed to create that specific letter will be given.

A. = dot 1.
B. = dots 1 & 2.
C. = dots 1 &4.
D. = dots 1. 4. & 5.
E. = dots 1 & 5.
F. = dots 1. 2. &4.
G. = dots 1. 2. 4. & 5.
H. = dots 1. 2. & 5.
I. = dots 2 & 4.
J. = dots 2. 4. & 5.
I would recommend that you practice these 10 letters until you can recall them with ease.

To create the next ten letters of the alphabet in braille, you need to add dot 3 to the first ten letters. See below.

K. = dots 1 & 3.
L. = dots 1. 2. & 3.
M. = dots 1. 3. &4.
N. = dots 1. 3. 4. & 5.
o. = dots 1. 3. & 5.
P. = dots 1. 2. 3. & 4.
Q. = dots 1. 2. 3. 4. & 5.
R. = dots 1. 2. 3. & 5.
S. = dots 2. 3. & 4.
T. = dots 2. 3. 4. & 5.

There are six more letters that remain, U through Z. With the exception of the letter W, add the dot 6 to the letters K through O to create the remaining letters.

U. = dots 1. 3. 6.
V. = dots 1. 2. 3. & 6.
X. = dots 1. 3. 4. & 6.
Y. = dots 1. 3. 4. 5. & 6.
Z. = dots 1. 3. 5. & 6.

Since the w was not used in France during the 1800's, it needed to be added afterwards.
W. = dots 2. 4. 5. & 6.
That concludes the alphabet. Like I already mentioned, practice is the best method for learning anything new.

As for the numbers, A. through I = 1 through 9, and J = 0. To distinguish between the letters and numbers, you must first use the number sign to represent the dots as a number, rather than a letter.

Here are the numbers, be sure to put the number sign before the dots representing the number.
Number sign = dots 3. 4. 5. & 6.
1. = number sign, then dot 1.
2.= number sign, then dots 1 & 2.
3. = number sign, then dots 1 & 4.
4. = number sign, then dots 1. 4. & 5.
5. = number sign, then dots 1 & 5.
6. = number sign, then dots 1. 2. & 4.
7. = number sign, then dots 1. 2. 4. & 5.
8. = number sign, then dots 1. 2. & 5.
9. = number sign, then dots 2 & 4.
0. = number sign, then dots 2. 4. & 5.

Once you have mastered the A. B. CĎs and numbers, you can then purchase Dymo tape and go label crazy. It will truly open many doors for your independence. Label medicine, spices, canned/ frozen foods, files, DVDís, CDís, documents, and much much more!

Thank you for reading my article! Remember to stay on the dotted line of life! Be safe and see you again in February!

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