How can I continue to access print?

Braille: Tactile code designated by embossed (raised) dots within a 6-dot cell. Contracted and uncontracted versions exist for users at different stages of learning 

 
 

Grade 1 & 2 Braille - Key Differences

All braille learners start with Grade 1, also known as uncontracted braille. It focuses on your reading skills, and the braille alphabet. Grade 2 is more complicated, also known as contracted braille. This requires complete braille literacy and an expanded vocabulary of abbreviated words and parts-of words. It is possible to utilize only Grade 1, and many people do for in-home labeling purposes. Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has some excellent online braille courses.  

 

Your Learning Style

Many of my clients have shied away from braille on the basis that it requires vastly new skills from what they are used to. You may fall into that camp, however people strong in language, coding and memorization skills find that braille maintains their access to literacy skills in an invaluable way. If you consider yourself an auditory learner - it may be more advantageous to access screen reading or speech-based learning media.  

 

Alternatives

If you still have significant, usable vision, braille may not be your answer at this time. Magnification, illumination and contrast are the essential ingredients for bolstering low vision. High- and low-tech solutions can be strong alternatives for users who aren't in need of braille instruction.