EBU(Junior Group) Fine Work
Living with Braille
Slovakia
Jaroslav Bohovic (23, Male)

At an early age I learned to read and write Braille at elementary school with my sightless classmates.
It has been accompanying me during my lifetime as I am blind. I have been using it everywhere; of course, there are places where I cannot find it which partially restricts either my orientation or independence.
I took part in many competitions in reading and writing Braille and have been successful in some of them.
I use it on a daily basis. I like Braille and decided to mark with it all items in my house as well as places where I stay. Every item has its marking in my home, so that I can distinguish it - audio cassettes, CDs, even the naming of rooms and electronic equipment; my clothing has its place thanks to the description of the shelf where it lies (I marked the color and style of the clothing). I also have a plate on my necklace with the letter “J” in Braille.
Some things just need marking in Braille, such as medicines and the like. And I simply stick Braille on items that lack it.
My assistant was so fascinated by these “tiny dots” that she marked everything in her apartment with Braille so that I could exist independently even in a different household. Even her cat has her name written on the bowl in Braille.
The fact that she tattooed her name in Braille is almost on the edge of obsession. Phew!
Not a single day passes when we both read the “tiny dots”.
We use every day the Braille printer together and think up where we could stick the “magical little white dots”. When friends visit us, we experience a lot of humorous situations as they try to guess what is written on signs.
Their children learn to write their names in Braille while many of them have hardly learned to use the pen or pencil.
We even prepare competitions in reading Braille for sighted people. And guess in what writing system we award certificates.
We are considering creating a website for Braille fans.
But since “there are not many good things” we lack Braille in many places.
After all, imagine that I, as a blind person, come to a restaurant and freely and calmly read the daily menu and drink list and do not have to bother already fed up waitresses.
I often travel by public transport in Banska Bystrica with my guide dog and imagine I would be able to see the bus departure time.
Well I know... there are people who think this is impossible. On the other hand, there are some who think the opposite and would be able to make it happen, but...
We would also welcome direction signs in Braille that would navigate us to places we look for (monuments, shops, libraries, etc.).
One of my unfulfilled dreams is to work in a gallery where I could introduce to people various works of art - paintings, sculptures. I have thoroughly thought it out. I would learn by heart the description of particular works of art while the description and name at each of them, of course in Braille, would show me the path to them.
Not a single of us - the blind - can imagine life without Braille.
You cannot imagine what it is like when you are looking for something and suddenly under your fingers you feel those “little dots”. You read them and know exactly that you found it.
 

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