Learn why Braille is important, why it's being replaced, and how you can advocate for the visually impaired reading community.
Access to Braille in the Publishing Industry
Introducing the project
In 2022, All Written Things founder Elaelah Harley completed her Master of Editing and Publishing after creating a dissertation on the topic of equity and equality within the publishing industry.
This dissertation focused on the access to Braille for visually impaired readers specifically, as Elaelah found Braille-printed texts are increasingly going out of publication due to the rise in technological advancements (like e-Readers and audiobooks).
Why it's an issue
While there may be substitutes for ways to consume published content, this does not substitute the skills gained through the "act of reading", and can't compare to the capability used when decoding Braille sequences. This means people who just use audio substitutes are not exercising different parts of their brains (that Braille and visual reading do), and become reliant on technology for consuming literature.
How education can help
When it comes to promoting change, education is key. Since there is minimal research on the topic of Access to Braille in the Publishing Industry, this dissertation will remain free so that more can become aware of the Braille limitations in the publishing industry. After all, the more education available on this topic, the more chance we have for a higher focus on Braille printing and distribution, breaking down barriers for equality.