World's First Braille Stamp to be released in April

@winterose (39922)
Canada
April 22, 2008 2:40am CST
Yes Canada is about to become the first country in the world to release a braille stamp. People have been campaigning for years and finally it is about to happen. I saw it on the news tonight, You know I never thought of how hard it would be for a blind person to choose a stamp, unless they were all the same price, in canada the stamps for canada come in all different prices, it is more expensive to send to the states, and international is still more expense, I can see how it would be hard for a blind person to choose the right stamp. and yes blind people do send out mail, they pay their bills, they send out cards they do all the thing a seeing person would do. Have you ever thought about how difficult it would be to live in a world where you could not see? Do you think more countries should bring out the braille stamp? Do you think that other things could be done to help the blind?
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@gemini_rose (16193)
22 Apr 08
I am surprised actually that it has not been brought out before really, especially when you think of all the things that are out to help the blind. If it is a good thing and helps the blind then yes I do think that other countries should bring out the braille stamp.
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@wjolene (265)
• Malaysia
23 Apr 08
braille stamp? how does it look like?
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
I don't know they haven't come out yet, but I imagine they will have raised lettering on them so the blind can read the braille.
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@Hatley (164757)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Apr 08
thanks winterose you made me think and I had not thought about how blind people can read stamps. its a great thing to bring out braille stamps and should be done by a lot of other countries also.YOu are right us sighted people seldom think about all the common things we do that are hard for blind people to do. we do have the whistling walk lights in some towns here for blind people to know when its safeto cross the street. And for blind people who are diabetic we now have talking monitors to help them check their blood glucose levels.
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
yes we do take not think how little things like a stamp can be so confusing to the blind.
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• Canada
22 Apr 08
I completley agree with the braile stamp, however I am wondering how effective it will be. People who can see do not even get to see the stamps before they have paid for them. I worked in a store that sold stamps, the customer would ask for a stamp, I would tear one off and after it was paid for hand the stamp to the person. If a blind person asks for a 52 cent stamp then that is what the cashier will give them. Unless said blind person has a large amount of stamps in their home and need to find the right one it is probably not overly practical. That being said I am 100% FOR the braille stamp. I think it is a wonderful idea and definatly something that is needed. Such as braille on our paper money. Good job canada!
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
well I guess the braille stamps are packaged differently. And the person asked for whatever denomination that the come in, or will have to use the regular ones if the denomination they need is not available.
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@Fishmomma (11523)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I think this should have happened a long time ago. I'm hoping the United Stamps will now issue a stamp. Many people would benefit from a braille stamp. One of my daughters was in a Girl Scout Troop and the leaders daughter was blind. My daughter learned so much about her life and how hard it was to not be able to see. They had a learning all about you at the first troop meeting and they wore blindfolds. The first time I met her we were painting benches at Girl Scout Camp. I learned that anything could be done and yes somebody would have to let her know when the bench was done. Her benches were nicer than mine. I would like to see a series of stamps with useful information about blindness and seeing impaired people. There is so much we could learn. I have recently talked to the young lady and she has finished college with grades at the top of her class. Now she is teaching and I know her students are lucky to be in her class.
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
Wow she is teaching that is wonderful. The girl is really amazing.
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@Esoteric1 (866)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I bet not to many blind people thought they would see the day they made a braille stamp, I guess they still didn't ... But seriously tho I think it's great that Canada has taken the initiative to the blind in this manner. I think all countries that require postage should have braille stamps, all stamps can be braille they can still have an image for seeing people.
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
Yes every country should adapt this policy, and I am always thrilled when Canada is the first at anything, as you know already.
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• United States
22 Apr 08
i think this is a GREAT concept - although i'm not an avid stamp collector - do you think you could send me some? it would be neat to have one of each cancelled and not cancelled. not sure how this work as far as safety of info - what are your thoughts?
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
a person got banned from the site for giving out his address, so I don't think we could do it.
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@GardenGerty (96643)
• Marion, Kansas
22 Apr 08
I have friends who are blind or visually impaired, and I know how things go for them. People do not realize what it is like to have to depend on the honesty and kindness of others until they are in that position. My most visually impaired friend does okay, everyone knows him, and I am sure he buys stamps in particular denominations and fold the corners of the stamp books certain ways. That is how he manages his money.
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
24 Apr 08
that is a good way of doing things. But the braille stamp is even better to me.
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@KrauseHome (34982)
• United States
23 Apr 08
It is about time that someone somewhere finally is going to come out with a stamp of this kind. I am sure it has been an issue for many of them for many yrs. now, and most of them probably have to have a lot of help knowing which stamps to get when buying stamps, etc. And yes, Postage is quite high to mail to somewhere else. It is getting crazy how much it costs to send mail somewhere. If I lived closer to Canada then I do, when I had to mail something to someone in Canada, I would mail it from Canada to save some time and $$. But since I don't I have to pay the high cost as well. As for helping out the blind, there are many more things that need to be done, and could be done. But I feel for most people unless they get a chance to experience something first hand themself, or know someone close to them who has, it sometimes is kept on the back burner to do later when there is time or money.
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@mssnow (9495)
• United States
23 Apr 08
That seems like it would be very hard to make. but its great for the blind
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
22 Apr 08
That is a good idea. The fact that they are doing things to make the life of blind people just a little bit easier is really cool.
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I think that it's sad that it took this long to get a stamp for the blind. What's even worse, every country should have done this at the same time. I think there should be more things in braille. I can't name any that might already be invented. Almost forgot, there should be braille on money, so when a blind person goes shopping, they don't have to worry if they will be ripped off by a cheat of a sales person. This goes for bills and coins.
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
31 May 08
I have often wandered what it would be like if I was blind and could not see. I have tried by closing my eyes and feeling my way around and I did not do very well at all with it. I think it is great that they are starting to do more things for blind people to help make their lives alot easier for them. I think there are alot of things that all countries can do for them. they did not choose to blind and they need to have things in life that people with eyesight already have available to them.
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
absolutely, I think it is wonderful if they can get these little things like a stamp that we take for granted in the seeing world.
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• United States
2 May 08
I think this should have been long before this. The blind have to go about the everyday things of life. One of those is mailing out things. I am glad that someone thought about the blind person in terms of mail. I have thought about what it would be like to be blind and I don't know if I would be able to handle it. A person does have to trust people to do the right thing by them. I know there are a lot of honest people out there but there are also those who don't think twice about taking advantage of people. Yes, I do think more countries should bring out the braille stamp.
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
7 May 08
I agree as well, I think every country should follow suit now that they know that Canada has already done it
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I think this is great. To be honest I hadn't thought about it before but it does make a lot of sense. I'm actually surprised there isn't one out sooner. I just figured there was at least braille books, the stamps might not be but the outside of the book would have it so they could tell the price. I think more countries should do something like this. It would make things a lot easier for those who are blind.
@kenzie45230 (3561)
• United States
22 Apr 08
What a great idea. I'm surprised that it has not been done before. This will certainly help blind persons in the quest for being independent...and avoiding dishonest people.
• Canada
18 May 08
I tried to respond to this, and then my finger slipped, so I lost it. I'll try again. Anyway, I was saying beore that I am legally blind myself, I am still able to read stamps and magazines, but having a vision problem at all reminds me of how useful this stamd would be to people whose eyesight is worse than mine.
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
21 May 08
Yes it came up twice, I am happy canada brought it out first, just another thing to be proud of.
• Canada
18 May 08
I think that is absolutely wonderful!!! I am legally blind, but I can still see well enough to read the stamps, and evn to read a magazine, but having any type of visual challenge at all reminds me how useful this stamp would be to people whose vision is worse than mine.
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@winterose (39922)
• Canada
21 May 08
oh yes it is a most wonderful thing for sure, I am also happy that Canada is the first to come out with this.