Braille is a universal communication system for the blind or partially sighted using a collection of 6 raised dots through vertical cells to allow a person to read through touch. Each cell represents letters, numbers and characters and there a variations from language to language. A blind or partially sighted person using braille is as literate as a sighted person; the only difference is the method in which they converse.
There are 3 different grading levels to the Braille transcript:
- Grade 1 is for basic literacy. Each letter of the alphabet is represented in separate cells. Punctuation is also included in this level.
- Grade 2 advances to words and abbreviations in single cells cutting down on the amount of space needed. Books and magazines are usually printed using this grade.
- Grade 3 is the most advanced level using omitted vowels and decreasing spaces between words and paragraphs. It is a shorthand version of the language mainly for personal use, such as letter writing or note taking.
Originally used on embossed paper, braille can be found in a vast array of locations such as on PC’s and laptops through the use of removable screens and keyboard covers, ATM machines, medicine and food packaging and board games/playing cards.
Many businesses also provide the option of braille transcripts, therefore increasing their margin to communicate with potential businesses and employees. Providing the option of braille to employees, clients or even potential business/staff opens them up to the many forms of communication available and doesn’t place any restrictions.
As with any other form of communication, Braille isn’t restrictive.
At ID Card Centre we are always interested in expanding our product range, tweaking existing technology to make our products appealing and accessible to all. With this in mind we can now offer a new clear Braille sticker, which, when attached to access control or ID cards will not affect the original purpose. Because the braille stickers are clear they can be utilised effectively by both sighted and visually impaired individuals as the printed data underneath is visible and clear. Whilst the original purpose for the braille stickers was to compliment the access control cards it has become rapidly apparent they can lend themselves to so many other uses! If you would like more information on our braille stickers please click here, alternatively to discuss your requirements and to receive a quotation please contact us on 01604 422422 or emails firstname.lastname@example.org