|A boy who is blind acquires early braille skills in Romania.|
Braille is the primary form of written communication through which millions of people who are blind learn how to read and write; the function of basic literacy skills. Braille literacy is the foundation of education for children who are blind and it plays a crucial role in their independence and ability to participate in society.
The earlier a child learns braille, the better their chances for success in the classroom. For adults, braille literacy is directly linked to increased employment and economic independence.
Perkins is committed to promoting braille literacy by training teachers in braille instruction and providing access to Perkins Braillers® for every child in the world who needs one. The pen and paper for people who are blind, the Perkins Brailler has remained the gold standard braille writer since its invention in 1951.
There are several ways people who are blind can write braille, but none is more effective, quick, or accurate as using a brailler. Without a brailler, many children learn to write using a slate and stylus, a rudimentary device that is slow, inaccurate, and very difficult to use. Conversely, a brailler enables people to write quickly and effectively, greatly increasing their ability to learn in a classroom setting, and promoting both education and future independence.