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How does Braille help people who are blind learn grammar?

Bosma Enterprises - 3/6/2018 9:58:31 AM

Braille is an essential tool used by people who are blind to learn correct grammar and communicate effectively.

Grammar is an essential part of any language. It is what allows our written and spoken communications to be understood. An understanding of the different grammatical components of language ensures a person’s ability to express themselves and establish the skills needed for written documentation.
Without a strong understanding of grammar, a person could experience difficulties with receptive and expressive language, spelling, writing sentences that express one’s thoughts and even the ability to tell a story or retell an event effectively.[1]

You might wonder, how does a person who is blind learn about grammar? Do spelling and punctuation matter anymore when screen readers and other text-to-speech products are found anywhere? The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

There is only so much someone can learn from listening only. So many words in the English language sound just alike and therefore can be easily confused. To, too, two. There, their, they’re. Without reading these words, how can anyone possibly know when it is appropriate to use each one? This is where braille comes in. Braille gives people who are blind access to the written word in addition to the spoken, allowing them to “see” spelling and grammar first-hand. If someone is not an auditory learner, the ability to read braille makes learning a new language – or improving your native language – a much easier task. [2]

For someone who is blind, braille is very helpful in learning grammar and spelling. Much like print for a sighted person, braille allows someone who is blind to see what is on the page and how it is written. This allows for learning how punctuation is used and can go a long way to understanding sentence structure. With audio, you may not know where and how commas are used versus a semicolon. Braille allows for someone to see exactly how something is written, how words are spelled, etc. Imagine trying to guess how a sentence is written and structured by only hearing it. This is a reality if someone who is blind does not use braille.
–Mendi Evans, Assistive Technology Specialist at Bosma Enterprises

Even with the constant advancement of technology, the ability to read and write remains essential for effective communication. And for people who are blind, braille is the best literacy tool there is.
[1] “Using Grammar.” Kid Sense Child Development,
[2] Houle, Meagan. “Braille Is Not Dead (So Stop Trying To Kill It).” Where's Your Dog?, 29 May 2015,