Louis Braille's name in braille
Louis Braille's name in braille
 
 
A page printed in braille
A page printed in braille
 
 
Learning to read braille
Learning to read braille
 
 
A braille compared to a printed book
A braille compared to a printed book
 
 
Reading a braille book
Reading a braille book
 
 
First part of the braille alphabet
First part of the braille alphabet
 
 
Last part of the braille alphabet
Last part of the braille alphabet
 
Braille<br> Louis Braille
Topic(s):   Inventions
Inventors
Quick Facts
Full name Louis Braille
Born January 4, 1809 (Coupvray, France)
Died January 6, 1852 (Paris, France)
Nationality French
Occupation(s) teacher, inventor
Major Achievement(s) invented a system for reading and writing for the blind
Year Invented 1829 (Braille)

Louis Braille was blind. When he was three, he poked himself in the eye with a tool. His other eye became infected. Then he was blind in both eyes.

Louis was smart but he could not read. He got a scholarship to a school for the blind in Paris, France. They had raised letter books. The books were hard to read. The books were very heavy. There was no way to learn how to write! Louis did learn how to play the piano and organ.

When he was 12, Louis met Charles Barbier. Barbier had invented “night writing.” Night writing was a way for soldiers to send messages in the dark. It used dots and dashes. It was really hard to read. Louis worked on it. By the time he was 15, he had made it easier to read. Braille used dots to stand for letters and numbers. Now blind people could read and write!

Louis stayed at the school in Paris, France as a teacher. The students liked him. He wrote two books using Braille dots. He also made a way for blind people to write to people who could see.

Louis died of tuberculosis. His system for reading and writing did not become popular until after he died. Now braille is used everywhere.

Resource information

American Foundation for the Blind. Louis Braille (1809-1852). Retrieved from http://www.afb.org/braillebug/louis_braille_bio.asp

Encyclopedia of World Biography. (2010). Louis Braille. Retrieved from http://www.notablebiographies.com/Br-Ca/Braille-Louis.html

The Great Idea Finder. (1997-2007). Louis Braille. Retrieved from http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventors/braille.htm

Williams, Nancy Lucas. (1996-2008). Louis Braille Biography. Retrieved from http://louisbrailleschool.org/resources/louis-braille/

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