Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE Quarterly Volume 60(4)

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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; Lorem Ipsum Dolor Spring 2016 2 think to myself, "Hey, this braille thing is pretty easy." That thought was soon crushed by the pile of rules that came along with the English Braille Code. I felt as though there were too many rules for my brain to consume. As the semester continued on and I learned more and more about the English Braille Code, the more I realized how important each of the rules actually were. While it seemed like many of the rules did not make much sense, over time they began to become clear to me. Making sense of the rules was a very slow process, but I eventually got there. However, I still question why the contraction "and" cannot be used in the word Vandyke. Finally, my semester of braille had come to an end. I was officially fluent in braille. This was a super exciting time in my life and I often found myself checking braille on public bathroom signs for accuracy and labeling objects in my apartment in braille. The idea that I would eventually get to teach braille to students and open up the world of reading and writing to them, made me ecstatic. I felt like my dreams were coming true. That was until I was informed that the Braille code was undergoing a big change from English Braille to Unified English Braille. 38

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