Dumb post to the Stargardts Facebook group

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Thu Apr 11 03:19:19 EDT 2013

I can only comment on my own experiences, but I've always been good at 
spelling.  I'm sure Braille has a lot to do with it, but I can't remember a 
time before I knew Braille and I learned it at a young age.  I usually have 
an idea or image in my mind of what a word in Braille should look like.  I 
remember when first learning the computer thinking how odd it was that I had 
to write out each individual letter instead of using grade II contractions. 
  Other than that, all I can say is that I'm terrible at math and I've 
always enjoyed English and literature.  I'm sure others have better 
explanations, but I've always been gifted with good spelling.  I never use a 
spellchecker because I don't need it.  The only regular errors I have is 
when this stupid keyboard decides to not register a letter.  Better 
keyboards don't have that problem.

On 4/10/2013 4:32 AM, Bill Cox wrote:
> My central vision only started to decay a few years ago, so I've only
> learned to listen to books over the last three years. I was always a
> terrible speller, and a very slow reader, which I thought were related.
> However, you guys seem to spell quite well, yet even a fast Braille reader
> would have read more slowly than me.  I'm just curious how you guys learned
> to spell so well when the slow readers like me never did.  In my case,
> typing is what has finally enabled me to spell most words correctly.  I
> cannot tell you how to spell a word if you ask me, but the muscle memory in
> my hands know how to spell most common words.  Did touch memory help with
> Braille?

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