The Braille system was invented by Louis Braille. Born in 1809 in France, Braille was blinded after an accident
at the age of three. Braille was lucky enough to be sent to an excellent school for the blind in Paris called
the Institution des Jeunes Aveugles.
It was here that Braille became intersted in the scientific advancements that were being made in the area of education for the blind.
Braille felt that the most important thing for a blind person was that he or she have a way to read and write just as people with sight do. As an adult, he began designing a system that would make this possible. As a result, the Braille alphabet was created and has helped blind people all over the world to read, write, and perform just as many tasks as sighted people.
Below, you will find a picture of the Braille Alphabet. We challenge you to see how good your sense of touch is and try and learn to read Braille!