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The Future of Braille in a Perfect World
U.S.A Juan Avila (23 ,Male)

Once upon a time, a boy named Manuel lived peacefully in a land where the grass was always green, the sun always shone bright in the day, and it rained in the night. Manuel went blind at the age of ten, and was then sent to an intergalactic school for blind students. The school was a space station in orbit around the earth, and could be seen from far away; as its name was engraved in large Print and braille letters with LED lights and titanium which spelled out “Blind Alternative Skills for Kids Engaging In Technology, Braille, and Academic Lucrative Lives”, or BASKETBALL for short. Here blind students learned enhanced skills which enabled them to live exciting lives. Therefore, after learning invaluable skills, they forgot about their blindness. They learned to detect people and objects with sonar and infra-red powers which they acquired from extra-terrestrial beings who taught the classes. Also, the students would learn how to read and write in braille, and learned how to utilize technology that enabled them to have skills which would guarantee them success in the work place.
The school served as a space shuttle which could land anywhere on earth, and thus students could explore the places they visited, and learned mobility skills simultaneously. Some places had braille signs on streets which signified street names, stop signs, traffic lights, bus stops, and much more. Also, some restaurants had braille menus, and door fronts of businesses were labeled in braille. Moreover, even some vending machines had braille so that blind people could buy snacks and drinks easily. Manuel and his friends Bob and Bill saw that the braille labels around the country were inconsistent because some cities lacked braille signage, so they set on a quest to label everything. The space station had smaller aircrafts which could teleport anywhere with controls labeled in braille and a dedicated braille display which served as a monitor. These aircrafts were really easy to handle, as all you had to do was to tell the system your destination, and the computer would do the rest. They traversed buzzling cities with large multitudes, and visited isolated rural municipalities in which blind people inhabited.
With their intricate aircraft the three gentlemen visited Sacramento State University, and saw that the vending machines lacked braille, so they labeled each button, and rewarded themselves with refreshing beverages. They proceeded by exploring around the campus to inspect the various places that required braille. Bill observed that not many of the buildings which housed several classrooms lacked braille signs, so they went on and posted braille signs thus, no blind person would get lost ever again. The next day the three friends were having lunch in the University Union, and noticed that the fountain drink dispensers were difficult to discern, as they needed braille. Then as Manuel and Bob were pasting braille labels, the cafeteria manager approached them furiously. “Hey, who gave you the authority to vandalize my restaurant?” shouted the manager. “Well we are not vandalizing it sir, we just desire for blind people to be able to get their drinks independently,” replied Manuel. It did not occur to Manuel, Bob or Bill that despite the fact they were performing a good deed, they still had to have their work approved. The Manager then grumbled, “Finish your work, but know that I will have my janitor clean up your nasty mess of dots!” The young men filled with sorrow turned around and walked away in despair; to their air craft which awaited them. “What shall we do? Asked Bill once seated in the aircraft. “I do not know, but I think we should contact the BASKETBALL Headquarters,” replied Manuel. “Yeah because the NBA cares a lot about blind people!” mocked Bob. “No Bob! I am talking about the school we came from. I will call them right now,” said Manuel. After contacting the BASKETBALL Headquarters Manuel found out that it was erroneous for people to remove braille signs, because they were breaking laws according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, there should indeed be a greater amount of braille signs available, and that an attorney would be dispatched out to defend their case. Manuel, Bob, and Bill were very intrigued by these news, and were looking forward to their situation to be resolved.
A week later the BASKETBALL attorney defending Manuel and his friends arrived in Sacramento for the court trial, and was suing the Department of Education for negligence of lacking braille inclusion. The Department of Education’s only arguments were that they did not have braille signs, because it never came to their consensus that braille signs were necessary. In addition, they thought that the blind students were vandalizing their school property. The judge favored with BASKETBALL, and agreed that not only should places have braille signs, but also that braille should be taught to everyone blind and sighted. The code should be taught as a foreign language starting with children in kindergarten all the way to students in universities, businessmen, government officials, teachers, sign makers, and the whole world. The judge also stated that braille should not just be a luxury which blind people get to learn, but that everyone should know it so that it will always be incorporated with print.




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