BANGOR- January is National Braille Literacy month.
There are more than one-million people considered legally blind in the United States.
A handful of those use braille to navigate the world.
“Braille is a tactile reading system for those who are blind and visually impaired,” said Susan Summers, a certified vision rehabilitation therapist.
While it’s not very common, it makes the world accessible.
Summers said there are two different types of braille, grade one and grade two.
Grade on is letters and grade two contains full words.
“It does take a lot of commitment on the participants willing to do it because it takes a year to become fluent in it,” Summers said about braille.
The Bangor Public Library just added more than 20 new books to its braille collection.
“Some are just for fun. Some are just factual. Some are the beginners writing guide to braille,” said Ben Treat, the director of the library. “We have the constitution.”
Summers said having braille text available gives readers access to true literacy.
“It’s like the difference between, some people listen to books through auditory means, but a lot of people say I just want to be able to hold a book,” Summers said.
To learn more about braille, you can visit the Iris Network’s website or call them at 774-6273.