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Birth of Louis Braille

Posted in Anniversary, Communications, Language on Friday, 24 December 2010

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Louis Braille and his embossed alphabet. Illustration by Harry Green

4 January marks the anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille in 1809. Born in Coupvray, France, Braille invented a system by which blind and visually impaired people can read by passing their fingers over a series of raised characters made up in arrangements to create unique embossed letters. Braille, blind from the age of 3, created the system in 1824, later expanding it to include arrangements for mathematics and musics. The first book in Braille, entitled Method of Writing Words, Music, and Plain Songs by Means of Dots for Use by the Blind and Arranged for Them was published in 1829.

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