Braille Language

Written by Amy Hall
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The braille language was created almost 200 years ago by Louis Braille, who suffered an eye injury that left him blind at the age of three. Being a very intelligent child, he managed to keep up in school and carry on with life without letting his disability hold him back. However, Braille became very frustrated that he could not read or write, and decided to attend a school for the blind in order to gain a solid education.

While at the school for the blind, Braille came up with the braille language that is still used widely today. Braille had heard through the grapevine that there was an alphabet code being used by French soldiers that allowed them to read messages in the dark by running their fingers across raised dots and dashes. By reading messages this way, the soldiers were able to communicate without giving away their exact location to the enemy.

The Invention of the Braille Language

Soon enough, Braille was able to get his hands on this new army code. Over time he worked on it so that it consisted of dots that were arranged in specific ways in order to communicate even the most complex information. This came to be known as the braille language, and eventually, many books began to be published using this code.

The term "braille language" is actually a misnomer. Instead, the braille code provides a system by which any language can be communicated through tactile interpretation.


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