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Grace - Young Reading Lives

Mon, 12 Sep 2011

Grace is 11 and lives in Ipswich, she was born blind.

“I don’t care that I can’t see. I said to Mum, to people who have just lost their sight it’s like losing a leg. To people who were born blind, it’s like losing your homework, it just doesn’t matter!”

“I love reading. Given the choice I would spend my whole life shut in my bedroom, reading. Books help me to relax and they also help me to get transported from this world.”

“With braille I can visualise what is going in the book. I like bringing my own ideas into books, I don’t like someone saying it for me.”

For writing braille Grace uses a Perkins brailler. The Perkins brailler is a type of "braille typewriter" with a key corresponding to each of the six dots of the braille code, a space key, a backspace key, and a line space key:

“Its useful because once I’ve written something I can read it, get it in my head, laugh at it, put it down and move on”

Grace really enjoys celebrity gossip magazines but finds it hard to get hold of them in braille. She likes The Sun newspaper for the gossip about her favourite band N-Dubz but can’t get it in braille either:

“It’s so annoying to have to ask my mates about N-Dubz gossip, when I could be reading it myself.”

Grace reads RNIB New Books magazine to help her choose.

“It’s a hell of a fight to get up to date books.”