Blind Second Grader Makes Braille Valentines for All Her Classmates
An 8-year-old blind girl wanted to do something special for her classmates for Valentine's Day, so she made each of them a custom valentine written in Braille.
"My daughter is blind and her grade 2 class is exchanging Valentines tomorrow. She brailled "love" on each one and then used a heart-shaped hole punch," wrote the user.
The photo of the vivid pink and white valentines caught a lot of eyes on Reddit, where people wondered how an 8-year-old goes about writing in the special tactile alphabet.
The answer, a tool called a Perkins Brailler.
"It's like a typewriter that punches the little dots onto special paper that is just thick enough that the punches don't punch all the way through and become holes," explained mack3r.
In addition to the Braille, each of the valentines spells out what the letter says so the other children can read it.
The little girl got a little help from her parents with those words, but mack3r's daughter did the rest, including punching out a little heart in each valentine and the brailling.
"She's 8 now and she's been learning since she was 4 or 5 I think," wrote the poster. "(I'm) Proud, and humbled. She's amazing."