Royal Blind School assembly for National Braille Week

Posted: 08/10/2019 | Education, , Child Care, ,

Pupils at the Royal Blind School held a special assembly to mark the start of National Braille Week.

English Teacher Beth Laughlin began the assembly by talking about how braille changed the world and meant that for the first time blind people could learn to read and write independently.

Then pupils took to the microphone to describe the impact learning braille has had on their lives.

Andrew Pettigrew, 17 said: Braille means I can pursue my dream of becoming an author. It's amazing to think that this is all down to the work done by Louis Braille as a 15 year old boy."

Joe Carberry, 18, said: "Braille has really helped me. I was told when i was younger that I might not be able to sit any exams. Then I came to the Royal Blind School and I learnt braille. It helped me to pass my Nat 5's and I was able to prove the people who said I might not sit exams wrong."

Conor, 17 said: "Braille helps me to do all my work in class and it helps me to be able to access newspapers and banks statements through my Braille Note Touch which is is a laptop with a braille display."

Namarra, 17 said:"I learnt braille when I came to the Royal Blind School. I find it easier to write and read using it and it helps me to write my songs and music."

Hearing the pupils talk about how braille had changed their lives was really powerful and made everyone think about the amazing contribution made by Louis Braille and how despite how much technology there is available - braille remains a vital resource to children and young people who have a vision impairment.