And basically just learning a new language. If it comes down to that, you could even be learning how to do coding work via tactile graphics presentations, whether you’re pulling this off online (and most of the time, yes, this is what you would do) or hand-held graphics cards. Now, some of you might be thinking that using hand-held graphics cards are going to be so ineffective and old-fashioned, but don’t be too quick to judge and move on.
Unless the technology required is installed (for instance, there would have to be voice-coding), blind people or people with seriously impaired vision would not be able to utilize a desktop, laptop or smart mobile device to learn their braille. But you would if you were normal-sighted. The thing is, blind people need to be able to touch and feel their ‘reading’ cards. See if you can look up a library close to you.
See if it keeps a shelf of Braille books. And go and have a look (pardon that) at one of them. You will see that there are no pictures. There are no words as you would normally encounter when reading a traditional book. There are just bumps and grinds, grooves and dots, all of which the blind man or woman must use to read, interpret and translate. Thank goodness for tactile graphics then. Previously, it would have been so challenging for all and sundry who needed to learn Braille.
Now, the Braille language, amongst others (Mandarin and the Russian Cyrillic alphabet would be two good examples), is accessible to everybody. And in this current era of globalization where so many intercontinental connections and cross-cultural acquaintances need to be made, this is very welcome news indeed.