Educational Technology

April 29, 2010

With new technology, few blind Canadians read braille

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Angela Mulholland, News

What might be most surprising about Jason Mitschele is not that he’s blind and works as a federal prosecutor — though that is impressive. It’s that he’s blind and can’t read braille. And neither can most vision-impaired people in Canada. In fact, less than 10 per cent of Canada’s 830,000 vision impaired people can read braille. That’s the rate found in surveys from the U.S. and the United Kingdom — a startling statistic, especially since most sighted people assume all blind people learn to read through their fingertips.

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