chapter  3
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Visually Oriented Learners

I am a visually oriented learner. You are too. So are your students. To some degree, we all are-even the vision impaired! In a 2014 NPR interview, Judy Dixon (herself visually impaired), of the Library of Congress’s National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, was asked about the future of Braille. Her response gets directly to the core of visual learning:

It’s hard to imagine what will come along that could replace Braille for us. Audio is a linear experience-the words come, they go. But with Braille, I can see the word, I can see how it’s spelled, I can see how the punctuation is. I don’t have to wonder if a word has one t or two t’s. It just is something I observe when I read a Braille word under my fingers . . . .