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Visual Language for the Blind

The Visual Language for the Blind was developed in order to make basic English nouns and verbs easier to read for people with low vision or for people using Seeing Machine technology whose visual reasoning may not function well because of a prolonged visual impairment.  In the word ‘door’ the ‘d’ and two ‘o’s cause interference which tends to make them indistinguishable from each other for people with low visual function.  Thus, by replacing the double ‘o’ with an image that helps to convey the meaning of the word the new “word-image” becomes not only more legible but also more easily associated with its meaning.  Goldring has drawn her inspiration for the word images from pictorial forms of writing including Chinese, Native American, Hobo, and Egyptian.  

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