• Chris McMillan

Blind student learns to read Braille with lips

CNN International


17th July 2013


Blind student learns to read Braille with lips


From a young age, Hong Kong student Tsang Tsz-Kwan has read Braille with her lips.


Hong Kong (CNN) -- Tsang Tsz-Kwan may look like an average student in Hong Kong with her standard-issue blue shift dress with a Chinese collar and sensible black shoes. But her ordinary appearance and shy manner mask a steely determination to triumph over tremendous odds.


She recently scored within the top 5% for nearly all her subjects in the city's college entrance examination -- despite being blind and severely hearing-impaired from a young age. She also lacks sensitivity in her fingertips, which denies her the ability to feel the raised dots of Braille characters.


Rather than admit defeat, the 20 year old found an alternative way to read Braille -- with her lips.


"In Primary 1 (the equivalent of Grade 1 in the United States), I noticed that she was always leaning forward," said Mee-Lin Chiu, a teacher at the Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired -- the only special needs school in Hong Kong dedicated to the blind.


"She told me it was because she could read more clearly with her lips than her hands."


Tsang herself admitted: "I know it's not a common approach and it sounds rather strange. Even I myself don't know how it came about," she added, calling it "miraculous."


In actual fact, the lips, tongue, and fingertips are particularly adept at spatial discrimination — they can perceive two points that are only 1-3 millimeters apart, according to the classic anatomy text, Field's Anatomy, Palpation and Surface Markings. In comparison, the legs or back of the hands can only detect two points with a separation of more than 50-100 millimeters.


http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/17/world/asia/hong-kong-blind-student-braille-lips/?hpt=ias_c2


0 views

Recent Posts

See All

盲文的突破——盲文书中的可触摸图形

作者:Rashi Varshney 印度理工学院德里分校的“盲文基金会”利用3D打印技术,为盲文图书和其他盲文材料制作出了多种高质量、廉价的可触摸图形。这项技术对视障人赋能具有巨大的积极意义。 学习生物、科技、工程和数学是无论如何离不开图形和绘图的。正因为看不见图形,许多视障学生只能放弃这些学科。 在印度,视障学生用的盲文教材通常只包括文字,而教材中的图形和图画通常是被省略的。因此,盲人学生只能学

为阅读障碍人士争取教育和就业机会

加拿大政府出台新法律,将制作更多盲文及有声读物。 在发达国家中,加拿大的国民识字率名列前茅,但对一些加拿大人来说,在阅读方面他们却受到了一些限制。目前,加拿大有将近一百万人存在阅读障碍。这些存在阅读障碍的人士包括了盲人、低视者和无法翻动书页和指向光标的肢残人。对这些阅读障碍人士来说,在目前的条件下,想要获得无障碍且易用的教材、网上资源等材料是非常困难的。然而,加拿大人绝不能因为阅读障碍就被排斥于阅

© 2020 China Vision (Charity Registration No.1078606)