Happy Birthday Louis Braille!


Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille system, was born on January 4th in 1809.  He lost his eyesight at the age of three in an accident and created this system at age 16 as an alternative to the bulky raised letter alphabet.  Each character in Braille is comprised of six dot positions, in a rectangular shape with two columns of three dots each.   It has been adapted to fit in the digital age with the addition of “eBraille”, to be read on a portable Braille reading device. Louis Braille’s revolutionary method of reading and writing still remains a key reading and writing tool for the blind and visually impaired even today.

Braille Alphabet

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