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New braille books helps parents, kids both

Reading children?s books in braille used to be frustrating for Eric Ligon and his 8-year-old son. When Ethan read the braille, his hands would cover up the nearby printed words, making it hard for his father to offer help.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 15:49 IST
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Reading children’s books in braille used to be frustrating for Eric Ligon and his 8-year-old son. When Ethan read the braille, his hands would cover up the nearby printed words, making it hard for his father to offer help.

“It wasn’t a very fluid process, reading that way,” Ligon said. So Ligon, a visual arts professor at the University of North Texas, decided to make it easier.

He designed books with the original print and illustrations at the top of the page, and printed words on top of the braille at the bottom of the page.

His books could be a breakthrough for blind and sighted readers who want to enjoy books together, according to national experts.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 15:49 IST