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Anna and Jean

Nauruan Students at Braille HouseRecently, Braille House farewelled Anna and Jean after 3 months here to learn Braille.

Anna and Jean are Nauruan.

Anna, who is early 20s, is progressively loosing her sight.  Supported by the Brisbane Catholic Education Office and facilitated by the Department of Education, Nauru, in partnership with Braille House, Anna, along with her chaperone Jean travelled to Brisbane to learn Braille.  For any young person, travelling from home for 3 months is no small order.

Although very home sick by the end, Anna delightfully gained confidence and capability throughout her stay.  Anna successfully completed the Braille House “Grade 1” Course covering knowledge and use of:

  • Braille alphabet
  • common punctuation
  • simple numbers

Our course involved both reading and writing Braille and was presented on site, at Braille House, on a one-on-one basis. Anna was required to do a considerable amount of revision and practice between lessons, which she took on with passion.

Supporting Anna in her journey was Jean who successfully completed the Braille House “Braille for Print Users” Course which covers fully contracted Braille.

Jean was involved in discussions about:

  • the nature of touch reading
  • the teaching of touch reading
  • tactile sensitivity testing

In undertaking this course, Jean is now equipped to support Anna back at Nauru to continue to develop her Braille skills, including using contracted Braille.  Anna particularly wishes to continue to develop her Braille to enable her to read music

Technology will enable Braille House to continue to provide support to both Anna and Jean via Skype, email and telephone

It was a joy and a pleasure to have both Anna and Jean in the House these past 3 months.  Many new relationships have been developed and the experience will be treasured by all.  We wish Anna and Jean all the best for the future and thank the Department of Education, Nauru for their generosity and commitment to helping Anna.  Thanks also goes to the Brisbane Catholic Education Office for partnering with Braille House and the Department of Education, Nauru to tern this education opportunity into a reality

It is hoped that others will benefit from this opportunity in the future.

Like to know more about learning Braille or other things we do at Braille House, call us today on (07) 3848 5257.

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