The Lighthouse Braille Literacy Program instructor meets with students once a week, expecting intense personal study of braille from the students. This is experimental in that other programs meet more frequently with students. This model allows for less staff time, and this process will assess the ability of students to learn braille and signifigantly improve braille skills from instructor directed self-study. This aspect of braille training will be an evaluated factor also, which can easily be transferred to other braille training programs, significantly saving on staff time, participant training time, and overall program cost.
We currently do pre-, mid-, and post-term assessments. Assessments will be done with students who have completed the entire Braille Training Program and have continued using their braille skills; within 3 month, 1 year, and annually thereafter to establish the value of Braille reading and writing ability in regard to upward mobility, job duty expansion, enrollment in community education programs, and personal life satisfaction. This information will assist in evaluating the effect of braille training for Lighthouse employees which will be transferable to what can be expected outcomes in similar braille training programs.