OREM -- To 8-year-old Christopher Williams, the raised bumps on the page of Jaime Dimit's book aren't words.
They're like the funny messages he's felt on the walls of elevators a few times."It feels like a word to me," said Dimit, who is legally blind. "It says Johnny Appleseed."
Dimit was part of the unique Braille Fair held for the entire Westmore Elementary student body Monday. Louise Johnson and her tiny class of visually challenged students put the fair together.
"These kids -- the ones coming through the fair -- don't believe these dots mean anything," said Johnson. "But my students do. They understand what Braille means to their learning."
"It feels weird," said Michele Pinegar, a second-grader. She, along with her classmates, was hanging onto a slip of paper with her name printed in Braille from a machine run by Kim Ashton and Kirt Manwaring.
Ashton and Manwaring are both in the first grade, and they both have vision problems.
They know what it's like to try and see the world through a distorted lens. Running the Braillers is second nature to them.
Eric Link, 9, is handy with a cane and showed his peers how to hold it so it always touches the ground and how to tap it back and forth so any obstacles are detected.
Link brought groups of children back "into the docking bay" after they tried life for a few minutes with goggles that mimic vision problems. The canes made it possible to walk around without crashing into obstacles.
Leahna Rowberry, also 9, showed her friends how she reads books with a large text magnifier that scans her favorite stories.
She spent a few minutes teaching others how to use an abacus for math problems as well.
"It kind of looks a little bit harder. I think it would be fun to do it. How much is it?" asked Shelley James, a second-grader attending the fair.
"I'd rather have my own eyesight," added fifth-grader Jason Loutensock. "I didn't think this would be hard, but when I put these (goggles) on, I couldn't see."
Johnson said it's critical that sighted children and people understand just a little about the world of those who cannot see well.
"More people have visual impairments. Few are totally blind," Johnson said. "And sometimes that's harder because it's not so obvious. People misunderstand the problem."
She organized the fair to support "National Braille Literacy Month."
And although it was exhausting to herd 500 children through the six booth areas in an orderly fashion, she believes it's worth it to educate the public.
"The law now says, teach Braille," Johnson said. "It hasn't always been that way.
"People didn't think it was necessary. But it's not OK for blind people not to be able to read, and if they're taught while they are young, it's so much easier," she said.
Very often, a child who can see with difficulty becomes an adult with much more limited sight, she said. Then it's essential to be able to read and communicate in Braille.