Students learn Braille alongside peers who cannot see

06/29/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

In a Connecticut program believed to be the only one of its kind in the state, students without visual impairments learn the raised-dot alphabet and the challenges faced by their classmates with visual disabilities. "Getting to know the blind students gave me a newfound respect for them," said sighted student Courtney Parente, 17, who now plans to become a Braille teacher. "By seeing how independent they are, it changed my whole perspective towards people with disabilities."

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