ABU(Junior Group) Fine Work
"Whichever you prefer to read Braille books or audio books"
Republic of Yemen Afrah Ahmed Mohamed Ali(19/Male)

I thank God for blessing me by compensating me about sense of sight. I was deprived of it since I was young. I thought I was deprived of all things, since everything in this life depends on the eye. But when I entered a school, I discovered that loss of sight does not mean that I have lost all things, because I have learned, thanks to a woman teacher, how to write Braille, which lit up my way and made me optimistic for good. Use of Braille which was invented by the ambition of that brilliant mind, Louis Braille enabled me to learn writing, reading, and to express what I want. I felt that there was no difference between me and people with eyesight, despite the difference in the form of writing.
They read and write. And I read and write like them. They hear and converse And we, the blind people benefit a lot from the sense of hearing and we learnt a lot by it. We can transcend many people with eyesight with the help of our own strong will, our love of life, and achievement of ourselves. In this article, I would like to share with you a questionnaire I have prepared and circulated among blind people. Their number is forty- eight and the result was that:
Sixty percent prefer Braille books for the following reasons: -
  1. Get used to it since the beginning of school.
  2. The blind can read it at any time without disturbing others.
  3. The blind can repeat reading the points to be saved many times. In the case of audio books, they find it difficult to repeat this.
  4. It is possible to provide training in reading faster.
  5. Make it easier for the blind to copy any information to any paper easily; when you hear the audio books, it is difficult to write with it.
  6. Braille Books give the blind ability for meditation, thinking, and take necessary time over it through reading a word and stand on it, while it doesn't happen when you hear audio material.
  7. Make it easier for the blind to get required lesson to be read by going through the index and it is difficult to do so with audio books.
  8. Not all blind people have a computer.
  9. Learning to read Braille books strengthens the mind and the sense of touch together.
  10. It is our experience that audio books get damaged fast.
  11. Braille books create a wonderful friendship with a book.
  12. When a student can read Braille, it will be easier to make use of books in the future.
  13. Immensely useful in learning correct spelling of our mother tongue and foreign language.
The remaining forty percent would prefer audio books for the following reasons:
  1. Audio books explain some points in more detail than Braille books do.
  2. Audio books are always clearly available for the listener. On the other hand, the dots of Braille books get effaced by continuing use.
  3. You can easily carry your laptop, since it is light weight; it is easier to be heard in any place.
  4. CDs do not take much space when you save it in house, while Braille books require lot more space for storage.
  5. Audio books are more sophisticated and give the blind an amazing sense of using technology.
  6. It is easy to copy it, but copying of Braille books requires effort, as also a long time.
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  8. Audio books can be easily available everywhere, which is not the case for Braille books. They are rare and difficult to obtain.
  9. In an audio book, we find that public information can be available in all fields, while there is no available library for Braille books in that country.
  10. An audio book is cheap in price.
  11. Deepening of social relations and communication with sighted people. The blind can hear a CD with a sighted friend and then discuss with him about the topic which they had heard together.
  12. Giving the blind a sense of being like his sighted brother. He uses what sighted students are using.
  13. Audio books help the blind to learn the art of recitation.
  14. Helping ear to acquire the skill to distinguish different sounds.
  15. Tone of voice helps to focus and give closer attention.
  16. Helps to learn the correct pronunciation in the case of learning a foreign language.
  17. In the case of learning in a group, there must be a book for each person, but one voice book is enough for all in the case of listening and collective learning.
  18. The blind hear audio books in any situation, for example, when eating or doing any other work. But in the case of Braille Books, he must use his hands to read.
For me, I believe that there must be available both Braille and audio books. Each has its special advantages. In the case of the curriculum, I prefer Braille books in key information and outline, and then listen to audio books to enrich and clarify the information much more. In learning skills such as those concerning recitation and literature, the blind are able to learn better through voice books, because the material comes like a dialogue. If the blind wish to be successful in their intellectual work and also in social matters, they should get used to both types-Braille and audio.
In conclusion, I earnestly request responsible authorities to provide public libraries for the blind consisting of a large number of books in various fields. We should also have special tactile marks on floors of our streets, so that we could move about ourselves with independence and not need the help of a human commander or guide.


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