Louis Braille was only 12-years-old when he began his life changing work nearly 200 years ago, and now young Louisvillians have the opportunity to attend “Braille for the Sighted: Workshops for Young People” to learn the basics of the Braille alphabet and practice writing using an assortment of Braille tools.
On July 14 and 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, is hosting two free sessions to teach children to read Braille by sight.
The beginner’s session, offered on both dates, teaches students the Braille alphabet by sight. Students are then able to practice writing on a Braille slate and a Braillewriter. According to Katie Carpenter, educator at the museum, most people with regular sight have trouble reading Braille tactilely, but can learn the alphabet by sight in just a few minutes.
Advanced students will learn more about Braille contractions and whole word signs, as well as how to do math and even write music with Braille. To join the advanced session, also available on both dates, students should have already attended the beginner’s session or have prior knowledge of the Braille alphabet and know basic Braille grammar.
The museum encourages anyone old enough to read and write to join the free workshop, but children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required because space is limited. The July 14 workshop is near capacity, but there are still several spots open on July 21. To register, please call Katie Carpenter at 502-899-2213 or e-mail [email protected].