For the innocent bystander, this may not make much sense now. But there it is. The technology is already there. Prior to that, the use of braille has been a well-practiced medium for many years already. Braille, of course, is the coded literary language for those who cannot see, those who have been classified as blind or sight impaired. Being able to read or view material is not a luxury. Indeed, it is a privilege.
More so if you happen to be one of those who cannot see. And in actual fact, as well you should know by now, being able to read and write, and view visual material, whether it is off a signboard along the road, a billboard otherwise, or something you’re watching on your TV or computer screen, is essential. In order to conduct your personal and work life in the most efficient and productive manner possible, you need to be able to immerse yourself in all this everyday material.
And there are those days when it sometimes overwhelms you. There is just so much you can take in in a single day. But for those who cannot see, getting in touch, quite literally as it turns out, with tactile graphics becomes an absolute joy. If the phrase could be excused, this is a real eye opener for those who have just recently lost their ability to see. The sudden loss of sight, whether as an adult or a child, can only be traumatic.
And if it is traumatic for the young child, it must be disheartening for the concerned parent too. But not to worry, both child and parent can now sit quietly together learning their braille alphabet. And then perhaps later the child can read his mom a bedtime story.