WBU-NAC (Junior Group) Fine Work
My Experience With braille
Fernando Reyes Jamaica (10, Male)
This is a mock interview between me and Daily times Interviewer: How did you become blind. Fernando: Before I was two years old my parents noticed that I was losing my vision. So they took me to an expert eye doctor who determined that my bone was crushing my optic nerve. So they had to do a bone marrow transplant. It cured the illness but I was left with out vision. Interviewer: How long have you been using braille? Fernando: I have been using braille since I was in preschool. When I was in kindergarten I feel like I understood it more at that time. When I was in first grade nemeth braille started to make sense to me. Spanish braille started to make sence when I was in second grade. At the end of second grade I placed in the national braille challenge and went to California. I originally wanted to go to Lego Land after the challenge but we ended up going to the beach. The beach was a fun place I recommend you go there. Interviewer: How many different types of braille have you learned? and why do you think it is important to learn different types of braille? Fernando: I have learned 5 different types of braille: English braille american eddition Nemeth braille spanish braille unified english braille and music braille. The most important thing about learning different types of braille is I can read what other people are reading. Nemeth braille is important to me because without it I would not understand what the instructions wanted me to do. It's important to learn music braille because I can understand the notes of the song they want me to play on my piano. It is important to have spanish braille so I can understand when there is an accent that needs to be pronounced properly. Interviewer: What are some things that you wish were provided in braille but are not? and why? Fernando: Well I think that instructions for lego building or any toy that requires you to build a certain thing should have braille instructions because I would want to know what it would want me to build so I can build it correctly and independently. I also think that more books should be provided in hard copy braille not just a book library like Bookshare or Project Gutenburg because my goal is to read a hundred words per minute by january in hard copy braille. Interviewer: What do you think the future of braille will be? Fernando: I think that in the future more books will be provided in braille. I also think that there will be more braille codes provided to countries that do not have braille yet. If this were to happen then it would be very beneficial for people with blindness or low vision because it would be provided in countries that do not provide braille yet. I also think that there will be more braille products for blind or low vision people. Interviewer: How would your life be if you didn't use braille? Fernando: Well I think that I would not be proficient in reading because I would not have braille to read. And if I only wrote with a screen reader then everyone would be able to see it and everyone would know what I was writing about. I would have to do everything aurally. Interviewer: How has braille impacted your life? Fernando: Well I have to say it is really beneficial to me. As I explained earlier I would not have a reading level and I would not be proficient in reading if it wasn't for braille. Interviewer: Are there any advantages to using braille over just audio? And if there are what are they? Fernando: I think there are advantages to braille over audio. Here are some advantages: better reading level, more accurate in reading and good reading skills. There is also an advantage with braille when you are writing a presentation. If your teacher asked you to write a presentation and you used your computer to write and you wanted it to be a surprise.