Here’s 10 Things You Didn’t Know


A teenage student wearing glasses runs his fingers over a plaque with braille for Louis Braille


Braille is an essential tool for people who are blind or have low vision, allowing them to read and write through the use of raised dots that can be felt with the fingertips. Here are 10 fun facts about this important system:


1. Braille was invented in 1824 by Louis Braille, a blind French man.

At the time, the only reading and writing option for the blind was a difficult-to-learn system called “night writing.” Braille’s system, based on raised dots, quickly gained popularity among the blind community.


2. The word “braille” is named after its inventor.

It also refers to the raised dots used in the system.


3. Braille is not a language, but rather a code representing letters, numbers, and symbols.

It can be used to write any language, including English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.


4. There are two main versions of braille.

Grade 1, includes the alphabet and some punctuation, and grade 2, includes contractions and abbreviations commonly used in English.


5. Braille can be written with a braille writer.

It can also be written by hand using a stylus and slate.


6. Braille is not only used for reading and writing.

Braille is also used for labeling products. such as medications and food, to make them accessible to the blind.


7. There is a braille music notation system for reading and writing music for the blind.


8. Not all blind people use braille as some prefer audio books or other assistive technology.

Others without vision may not have learned braille due to a lack of availability or alternative methods of reading and writing.


9. Braille organizations and resources, including Foundation for Blind Children, support those who use braille.

Other organizations include American Printing House, Braille Institute, National Braille Press, and International Council on English Braille.


10. Braille has played a significant role in the history of accessibility and the rights of people with disabilities.

It has helped blind individuals to become more independent and has expanded opportunities for education and employment.



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