Lviv Held Contest for Visually Impaired
In spite of the difficulties, the dictation is a chance to improve the participants' writing skills. Many people with visual impairments quite often face the need to write information down
Last year, Ukrainians across the country wrote it – in the regular alphabet.
In order to write Braille, the contestants use a stylus, a metal sheet, and a thick piece of paper.
“The paper needs to be thick, otherwise, it will be impossible to read the pressed in dots. And of course, your hands hurt from such work. Because you have to write a lot and fast. And to put a lot of effort into it. You have to get used to this,” participant Oksana Babiy said.
The dictation is conducted by Olena Kutnia who has been working as a Ukrainian language teacher at a school for the visually impaired for 45 years. She said that desire and motivation are the main things to learn to write Braille. Many of the contest participants are her former students.
“There were children who came to the 5th or 7th grade and mastered writing in two months, some – in six months, and some never managed to fully figure it out. For it, you have to be patient and persistent,” Kutnia said.
In spite of the difficulties, the dictation is a chance to improve the participants’ writing skills. Head of the regional organization of the blind, Liubov Kukurudza, said that many people with visual impairments quite often face the need to write information down.
“The visually impaired label everything in Braille. Those, whose family members have no problems with sight – they even label the color of their clothes. And their canned food. Because containers of the same shape can have different things inside,” Kukurudza said.
The Lviv Association of the Blind has more than 700 members.