After visiting the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired our kids change. They start noticing things that have always been there. They see the ramps and elevators meant for people in wheelchairs. They see some buildings and bus stops offer voice commands and braille signs. They also start noticing the things that we as a community lack. How do the blind go shopping if they can’t see the labels? That was one of the best questions we had last week.
We are grateful that the School offers a small glimpse at the lives of thousands of students of all ages right here in our city. We learned that if you have an issue with your sight you can study there and even live there! The kids are always amazed when they learn that Louie Braille was also a kid, and became accidentally blind at a very young age, and went on to invent the code (Braille) which is now used universally by the blind to read.
The information we get is nicely paired with interactive activities. Children learn how to write their own names on a braille typewriter. They also experience some modifications in day to day objects such as a globe, a clock, and books. Some of them even dare to try to guess the letter by touching the braille code.