Braille Alphabet

Written by Amy Hall
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The braille alphabet is based on formations of raised dots. When a blind person runs his finger across a page of braille, he can read, using his sense of touch. Braille books of all types have been published for the last 200 years, with many new advances in technology that have expanded the number and the diversity of these documents.

The braille alphabet was originally created by a Frenchman named Louis Braille. Braille was born with sight but lost his vision at the age of three when he suffered an eye accident. Being an extremely intelligent person, Braille found school frustrating simply because there was no real way for him to read and write along with his seeing classmates.

The Ingenious Braille Alphabet

Finally, Braille became privy to the information that the French army had come up with a code system that consisted of raised dots and dashes on a page. The French soldier could literally read messages in complete darkness, therefore foregoing the need to light a match and give away his position to the enemy. Braille got hold of this code and decided to modify it for greater effectiveness.

Eventually, Braille came up with the braille alphabet, which has now spread throughout the world. The many products, services, training, and consulting which bear his name stand testament to his talent and innovation.

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