Dr Paul Lynch contributes to discussion on budget Braille e-reader in BBC news feature

Posted on Friday 9th May 2014

Dr Paul Lynch supports the development of budget-priced Braille e-readers. Literacy is in decline amongst blind people and this new device would help provide access to e-books or other electronic articles. Additionally, there would be demand in developing countries for such a budget Braille e-reader. Paul, who has been working in Africa with blind children says on the BBC News Technology website:

"You simply can't expect the same levels of literacy from someone who has never learned how letters and sounds interact with each other to create words. When young blind people learn to read, it's the same part of the brain that's being used to form the relationships between understanding and reading."

"It doesn't matter if it's using your fingers or your eyes, the information is being translated in the same way.

"Cheaper devices would be a fantastic way to ensure Braille doesn't die out as an educational aid."

Read the full article on the BBC news technology site