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IN DEFENSE OF 
BRAILLE IN THE 
DIGITAL AGE 
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH LITERACY 
PROVIDENCE, RI 
DECEMBER 5, 2013 
Yue-Ting Siu...
Wispy myths
Because of technology… 
Braille is: 
More widely available 
More immediately available 
 More independently available
Technolo 
gy 
Braill 
e 
• Self-determined behavior 
• Improved postsecondary outcomes 
• Improved employment outcomes 
(C...
Braille + tech = ? 
 Literacy 
Proofreading 
Nuances of language 
Membership to a community 
Equal aptitude and respe...
Powerful wayfinding
Technology use: 2000-2010 
Classroom teachers 
69% 
53% 
0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 
2000 
2010 
TVIs 
1998-2002 * 
41% 
42% 
0% ...
Recalibrating instructional 
objectives 
Dependent 
access 
Availability 
Device 
mastery 
Independent 
access 
Immediate ...
Technology by Design 
(Mishra & Koehler, 2005) 
 Context-specific = Case study 
approach 
 Rationale development 
 Unde...
Technology goals in the IEP 
1. Setting in which technology will be used. 
2. Purpose for which technology will be 
used. ...
http://bit.ly/brldigitalage 
 Resource for linking iPad to 
refreshable braille display 
How to use Dropbox to provide w...
Louis Braille 
“Access to communication in the widest sense is 
access to knowledge, and that is vitally 
important for us...
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In Defense of Braille in the Digital Age

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The concern that technology is replacing Braille is unwarranted. Rather, technology supports and elevates literacy including braille literacy, as long as it is integrated with purpose and function in the classroom. Braille remains the primary means to literacy for non-visual learners.

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In Defense of Braille in the Digital Age

  1. 1. IN DEFENSE OF BRAILLE IN THE DIGITAL AGE GETTING IN TOUCH WITH LITERACY PROVIDENCE, RI DECEMBER 5, 2013 Yue-Ting Siu, TVI UC Berkeley & San Francisco State University
  2. 2. Wispy myths
  3. 3. Because of technology… Braille is: More widely available More immediately available  More independently available
  4. 4. Technolo gy Braill e • Self-determined behavior • Improved postsecondary outcomes • Improved employment outcomes (Capella-McDonnall, 2005; Kapperman, 2009; Kelly, 2011)
  5. 5. Braille + tech = ?  Literacy Proofreading Nuances of language Membership to a community Equal aptitude and respect in the workplace  Functional Literacy
  6. 6. Powerful wayfinding
  7. 7. Technology use: 2000-2010 Classroom teachers 69% 53% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 2000 2010 TVIs 1998-2002 * 41% 42% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 2011 (Abner & Lahm, 2002; Edwards & Lewis, 1998; Gray, L., Thomas, N., and Lewis, L., 2010; Kapperman et al., 2002; Kelly, 2009, 2011; U.S. Dept. of Education, NCES, 2000)
  8. 8. Recalibrating instructional objectives Dependent access Availability Device mastery Independent access Immediate access Content mastery
  9. 9. Technology by Design (Mishra & Koehler, 2005)  Context-specific = Case study approach  Rationale development  Understanding of dynamic between technology, pedagogy, content, and learners Technology Embedded in Instruction
  10. 10. Technology goals in the IEP 1. Setting in which technology will be used. 2. Purpose for which technology will be used. 3. Level of dependence/independence, including the types and number of prompts. 4. Identify tech by the functions that are necessary for use. 5. How use of technology to complete instructional activities will be measured
  11. 11. http://bit.ly/brldigitalage  Resource for linking iPad to refreshable braille display How to use Dropbox to provide work electronically and immediately to students  How to write AT goals  Digital texts from Bookshare: DAISY, NIMAC www.facebook.com/yuetingsiu twitter @TVI_ting
  12. 12. Louis Braille “Access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge, and that is vitally important for us if we [the blind] are not to go on being despised or patronized by condescending sighted people. We do not need pity, nor do we need to be reminded we are vulnerable. We must be treated as equals – and communication is the way this can be brought about.”

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