Do you know that some children read with their fingers and other children speak with their hands?
Mickey, one of the “Can Do” characters, can’t see. He is blind. We spoke about him and his dog, Muggins, in an earlier blog.
Mickey goes to a school where he learns all the things that you learn in your school. The big difference is Mickey reads with his fingers. As he moves his fingers over sets of raised dots on a page, he can read letters and numerals. This kind of reading is called Braille.
Deaf children are children who cannot hear. Since they cannot hear how others speak, it may be difficult for them to speak the way you do. Some deaf children may use their hands to speak.
Those who use their hands to speak often attend schools or classes where they learn to use sign language and finger spell the alphabet to talk with their friends and family.
Blind or deaf children may need to learn different ways of reading or talking, but they are smart and love to do things other children do. Most importantly…they are good friends to have. Why you can even learn a new language or a new way of reading!