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Do we still need Braille in the workplace?

Caption: Do we still need Braille in the workplace? Image: a colleague reading braille with their fingertips

Caption: Do we still need Braille in the workplace? Image: a colleague reading braille with their fingertips

With screen readers becoming such a common feature with a lot of the devices we use and being such a cheap way to provide reasonable adjustments for people who are blind or have a visual impairment, has Braille become obsolete?

The short answer is: No! Braille reading and writing tools are still a great way to provide reasonable adjustments for visually impaired or blind employees.    

Don’t just take my word for it though, many people with visual impairments have described how Braille assists them with their day-to-day responsibilities and allows them to read and write quickly and independently. While screen readers are fantastic tools, they don’t always provide the freedom Braille does. Plus, why should people who are blind or visually impaired miss out on the creative joys of reading and writing?

And with advances in technology, it may become easier to acquire devices with a Braille output. For example iBrailler Notes is an iOS app that aims to offer blind and visually impaired iPad users an easy way to type Braille notes and perform basic word processing on a touchscreen. You can visit the website here or watch the video below to see how it works:

Want to learn more about Braille for #WorldBrailleDay? Visit the VisionUK website here.

You can also drop us a line on hello@wearehowdoi.com to find out how we can make training and onboarding at work more accessible.   

ZEINAB ALI – DIGITAL MARKETING AND PROJECT ASSISTANT FOR HOW DO I?