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HOW TO FEEL BRAILLE LETTERS

This information will help you understand and trust your sense of touch.

Louis Braille was a very smart man. He knew, even at the age of 15, that the most sensitive parts of our fingers are the balls, that is, the parts from the top where the bone at the tip begins to disappear, down to where the bones that make the first joint appear. The six dots of the braille cell fit under these fatty parts of your sensitive fingers, with dots 1 and 4 being felt at the top nearest the tips, and dots 3 and 6 at the bottom, near the first joint. Spend time with all your fingers spread out and resting lightly on a braille page, and then move your arms up and down, in circles or in spiral motions, or any way that feels fun. This will help you figure out which fingers on each of your hands are the most sensitive to the feel of the braille dots as they move by.

If your fingers are pointed toward the top of the page and positioned so that they can feel any or all of the six dots of a braille cell, you will be able to read braille. Your arms should propel your fingers smoothly along the lines when reading braille.

Remember to propel your fingers along the lines in order to truly feel the letters going by in these positions. To go to a new line, bring your arms closer to your body until your fingers feel braille again.

Here is a description of what you will feel for each of the alphabet letters.

(Submitted by: Susan Fisher; Last updated: May 24, 2013)

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