Currently, our country is experiencing a braille crisis. Ten percent or less of blind students currently learn braille. This is appalling in that to be literate, a person must learn symbols. Braille is to the blind child what print is to the sighted. This session will first focus on the historical perspectives of traditional braille instruction and the issues in using such approaches. Second, a new strategy will be presented providing a framework for teaching braille in a format that mirrors the instruction of typically developing peers. Third, an exciting new app (GoBraille) will be demonstrated. This app with tactile overlays and voice output provides a framework for teaching braille similar to the sighted learning text. Different pages of the app will be demonstrated including examples of tactile discrimination, matching activities, reading sentences, and making words. Finally, there will be discussion about further suggestions for improving the braille literacy crisis.

Date and Time:

  • October 2, 2019
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


company-affiliated demonstration


blind / low vision

Subject Level:


Computer Level: