Braille Codes

Written by Amy Hall
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Braille codes are composed of a series of raised dots, embossed onto a surface. This code is made up of a series of cells, where each cell is two dots wide and three dots high. When the cell is filled, it resembles a rectangle standing up on its narrow end.

These braille codes may seem confusing to the sighted person, but they can open up a world of literacy to the blind. Braille has been around for about 200 years, and is now utilized around the world, by thousands of people, and in many different languages.

Braille Codes Expand Literacy

Ultimately, Louis Braille developed the braille alphabet when he expanded on the alphabet code that was being used by the French army. This army code consisted of raised dots and dashes that could be felt by soldiers in complete darkness, which meant not giving away their location to the enemy. Braille altered and refined this method of reading through touch, and in time, he published his first of many braille books.

Braille codes make it possible for the blind to read and write any kind of information. And, as reasonable accommodation laws continue to expand in order to support the rights of all of our citizens, we can expect to see braille codes in many more places, both public and private.


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