Disability Pride Month Tidbits: The Story of Braille.
Over 200 years ago, the only way the Blind and people with low vision were able to independently take in literature was through enlarged outlines of print letters attached onto wooden boards, making reading a book nightmarish to read in full. It wasn’t until a failed communication system designed for the military was shown to 15-year-old Louis Braille attending the Royal Institution for Blind Youth that braille was developed! By modifying the eight-dot braille system into a six-dot braille system, Louis created the basic braille code that the Blind community uses to read and write today. Along the years, further improvements were made adding to the code with grades 2 and then 3, modifications to be compatible with different languages, the Nemeth code (a code developed for math), and the most current modification the Unified English Braille code (UEB).
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Last Updated October 25, 2019