AFB Celebrates 200 Years of Louis Braille
As a student at the Institution for the Blind, Braille was dissatisfied with the system used to promote literacy for students with visual impairments, which was bulky, costly, and difficult to read (a system of raised-line print letters). At 15, Braille created his own, more efficient, system consisting of six dots in a small cell that can be read with one’s finger tip. Today, Louis Braille’s code is used in practically every country around the world.
To commemorate the Louis Braille Bicentennial, AFB is creating an online gallery that will include photos of Louis Braille, digitized books, articles, and more. AFB will also be creating a calendar of commemorative events worldwide, and will showcase one of the first books printed in braille-embossed in
For children, teachers, and parents, new games and activities will be available on AFB’s Braille Bug site for kids (www.afb.org/braillebug), where visitors can learn more about the braille code, print an alphabet key, join a reading club, and write their names in braille.
“AFB is a huge proponent of braille literacy and we are forever thankful to Louis Braille for his life-changing gift to all of us,” said
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB’s priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the over forty years that
SOURCE American Foundation for the Blind