Do blind French-Canadian braille users actually benefit from learning contracted French braille?
What is it about?
Learning French contracted braille is considerably more complex than memorizing the English contractions because in French, blind students have to memorize 1217 abbreviations as compared to the 189 contractions available in the English braille code. Not surprisingly, the time investment is considerable in the French braille education system, and teachers question whether it is worth it from the perspective of their former students.
Why is it important?
In an era where resources are sparse and allocation needs to be well justified, we decided to inform future decisions about the teaching of the abbreviated French braille code in Quebec on data collected from braille users that have undergone the training and effort required to become proficient French braille users in Quebec.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Walter Wittich