Brain Awareness Week Open House

Julie Grant, DO-IT staff

Six hundred students from local elementary schools attended the Brain Awareness Week Open House at the University of Washington Seattle. At this event, DO-IT shared information about Braille technology with more than 200 of the attendees. The students typed a name tag using a Perkins Brailler, which can be best described as a Braille typewriter. Many students had never used a manual typewriter before and were thrilled to see such "old" technology that is still useful today. Most were quite impressed that someone could memorize Braille codes and the different key combinations required to create the characters of Braille code.

Brain Awareness Week is a nationwide effort started by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.