There is no reason to set aside the love of reading! At our Central Valley Center for the Blind located in the city of Bakersfield in Kern County, we encourage our clients to pursue the challenging but rewarding opportunity to learn braille. Braille is a written language in which characters are represented by a pattern of raised dots read by touch. Clients first learn Grade 1 Braille which is a simplified version useful for labeling and reading basic text. Grade 2 Braille is more advanced and allows the user to more efficiently write notes and read text. Learning braille is incredibly useful in taking steps towards independence for those with vision loss.