Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Start of Braille

I put a lot of vacations on here, and don't put much about every day life.  I need to change that.  I forget this is a journal of our time in Switzerland more than anything-  a place to look back once we move back to the United States.

My youngest - Finley - is legally blind.  Braille has been a part of her life since she was 4 years old.  We didn't want her to lose her skills while she is here in Switzerland (even though, thankfully, she can still see regular print), so we started a search last fall for a Braille teacher and taught in English.  This proved to be more difficult than we thought it would be.  Turns out - not a lot of need for English Braille. 

Finally, today, she had her first braille lesson.  A nice, German man who happens to know English Braille and German Braille.  Finley liked him right away.  He can never replace her braille teacher from America, but at least while we are here, she will keep up her skills.

She will have braille once a week on her half day Wednesdays.  I am grateful for this not only because she can keep her skills up, but also because I no longer have a half day Wednesday.  Win win.

I treated her to a $10 Starbucks drink today for her first day of Braille.  It isn't her favorite - to have to do this on top of everything else - but she is being a trooper.


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