We have produced Moon signage for many local authorities and the RNIB School at Coventry.
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What is Moon?
Moon allows people who are blind or partially sighted to read by touch. It is a code of raised shapes and takes its name from its blind English inventor, Dr William Moon.
Moon is intended for blind or partially sighted people of any age. As the characters are fairly large and over half the letters bear a strong resemblance to the print equivalent, Moon has been found particularly suitable for those who lose their sight later in life, or for people who may have a less keen sense of touch. Age is no barrier to learning and enjoying using Moon, with many octogenarians and nonagenarians being regular readers. Another group, children with additional physical and/or learning difficulties, is also acquiring some literacy skills through learning Moon, and it is hoped that more adults with complex needs may also have the opportunity to try Moon as they may benefit from using it.
Some people who cannot get on with Braille find Moon much easier, and gain such confidence in their sense of touch through using Moon that they have returned successfully to Braille.
Whereas Braille is made up of patterns of dots, Moon uses lines and curves, similar to print, to create nine basic shapes. Rotating or reflecting these shapes in different ways creates the 26 letters of the alphabet. Adding a few dots for punctuation marks and a numeral sign completes Grade 1 Moon, which can be used to provide a tactile version of any text.
In order to increase speed of reading and reduce bulk, some additional signs and an elementary form of shorthand can be learned; for example, a single symbol represents the letters “ch”, and the word “yesterday” is represented by the letters “yd”. This more complex system is known as Grade 2 Moon.
People often wonder why the ordinary alphabet is not raised for use by touch. The answer is that this was tried in the early days, and because of the complexity of printed letters it was found that they had to be made very large to be felt properly. Readers were frustrated by slow reading speeds and very bulky books.
Many others tried adaptations of printed letters before Dr Moon devised his system, but the comparative simplicity of Moon ensured its success, which has survived the test of time.
For many years Moon was read going along the lines firstly from left to right and then right to left. This avoided having to scan back along the line to find the next one. However, Moon production in recent years has followed the standard way of reading Braille or large print, always going from left to right.
When Dr Moon invented his system in 1845, Braille, though invented 16 years before, had not reached this country from France and Moon was well established by the time Braille was taken up. It has remained an indispensable alternative ever since.
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This information is provided by kind permission of www.moonliteracy.org.uk
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