Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Technologies of Resistance/Resisting Technology: Braille, Computers, and Literacy for the Visually Impaired

A teenage boy with headphones sits at a computer.

Technologies of Resistance/Resisting Technology:  Braille, Computers, and Literacy for the Visually Impaired
by Diana and Doug Brent (2000)

This article compares students who use primarily oral media for reading and writing with those who use braille.  The author finds that "The sequenced, ordered characters of Braille provide a medium laid out in space very much like print. Indexes, lists, outlines, indentation, are meaningful in Braille. One can read them quickly or slowly, stop and back up, and follow a developed argument in ways that are difficult when listening to words flow by on a tape."