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Monday, January 04, 2021

4th January: World Braille Day


 

I started learning Braille 8 years ago. Since then, I've become fluent in reading and writing Braille. Braille has opened up an  entirely new world for me! Exploring things by touch became an integral part of my life, since I use every oportunity I get to sharpen my sense of touch. 


COVID-19 has brought about many changes in our lives, but it has made things particulary difficult for blind and visually impaired people. When you lose your sight you learn to  rely primarily on your sense of touch (of course other senses play an important role, too, but touch prevails). COVID-19 measures such as social distancing, avoiding touching things (doors, handlebars on the bus, etc.) and hygiene make daily life extremely difficult, when you have to touch things in order to "see" and recognize them. Acoustic traffic lights need to be activated by pressing a button, Braille is on public signs, Braille books in the library... - all these things become healthrisks. Then there are the disinfectants in shops, on buses, etc. They are often difficult to locate when you can't see, and yet they are even more important for you when you explore the world through touch. 


I hope that this pandemic ends soon and that life returns to some sort of normality! But since we have lots of time on our hands during the lockdowns and quarantines, perhaps learning Braille will be a nice challenge for some of you! And don't worry: you can learn Braille visually, too, and become fluent in it! There's one thing I can guarantee: Braille will definitely  enrich your life and open up new horizons for you!


More about World Braille Day here .

Monday, November 09, 2020

On an Autumn Walk

 

On an Autumn Walk

Photos taken on a foggy autumn day... 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Once upon a time, there was a small brown mushroom in the woods...


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I found this little cep in the woods on my morning walk today :-)

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Mountain Panorama - Jezersko

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Mountain Panorama


Taken on a hike in the mountains around Jezersko on 9th August 2020.

Monday, October 14, 2019

White Cane Safety Day (15th October 2019)

White Cane Safety Day (15th October 2019)

Every year, 15th October is celebrated around the world as White Cane Safety Day. The day celebrates all the achievements of blind and visually impaired people. It also raises awareness about blindness and vision loss among people.

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The photo depicts a drawing of a foldable white cane with the words "White Cane Safety Day" written above the cane in Braille.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Reading...

Reading...

There's nothing better than reading a good book on a Saturday afternoon…

Did you know that…

"Brain imaging studies of blind people as they read words in Braille show activity in precisely the same part of the brain that lights up when sighted readers read." (from Science Daily)

"... reading plays a vital role in the lives of blind and partially sighted people, helping them to overcome daily challenges, boosting mental well-being, enabling them to develop learning and skills and providing opportunities for social contact through reading groups" (from The Reading Agency)

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Mornign Frost on Blackberry Leaves

Morning Frost on Blackberry Leaves

We're having another quite warm and sunny winter day. I took this photo on my morning walk through the woods.