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Louis Braille

1809-1852

Educator & Inventor of the Braille Alphabet

Louis Braille was born in the French town of Coupvray, near Paris on January the 4th, 1809.
His father, Simon René Braille, was a harness maker and was married to Monique. Louis often played in his fathers workshop, unaware of the dangers of the sharp tools his father used in his profession. While playing, he stabbed in his eye with an instrument used to punch holes in leather. The wound wasn't very serious, but it infected and spread out to the other eye. At the age of 4, he became completely blind.

But Louis was a very bright boy, and with help from his family, he was able to receive a very rich education. He went to a normal school, studying with kids who weren't blind.
Despite his handicap, Louis was one of the best students of his class. At the age of ten, Louis went to the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris. The lessons were oral, but there were books available in a raised-print system, invented by Valentin Haüy, the founder of the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris.

His system wasn't very efficient, though: the books contained large, raised letters,
which took up alot of room, so the books were very large and heavy. Those books were also very heavy. In general, Louis was a very good student, but he distinguished himself from the others because of his musical talent. He played the piano and the organ.

Louis got the idea for the braille alphabet from a French army captain, Charles Barbier.
It was very annoying soldiers had to make light before they could read messages, because the enemy could easily spot the light source and use it as a target. So he invented a tactile alphabet, allowing soldiers who knew the code to read & write messages at night, without the need for light.
He later saw the usefulness of his invention for blind people, and he adapted his alphabet so it could be used by the blind. His invention was only partly appreciated, but Louis studied and re-invented the alphabet, making it especially handy for blind people. He used the spelling as a basis for the alphabet, instead of the phonetics Barbier used. He also replaced the Barbier's 12-dot cell by a 6-dot cell. Due to his addiction to music, he also customized the Braille system so it could represent music.
In 1829 he published a book, named "Method of Writing Words, Music and Plain Song by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged by Them".

Before his death on January 6, 1852, his system never really got accepted. But the next years, the popularity of the Braille system increased dramatically. People realized the simple but powerful system was the perfect means for blind to read.

Today, the Braille system is the standard reading system blind children learn. People using the Braille system read almost as fast as you are doing right now. -- Text courtesy of Thinkquest

Research Links

RNIB Factsheet - Louis Braille
Louis Braille. One day a small boy crept into his father's
workshop to play. He had often seen ...
Description: Blinded early in life, this French man went on to invent a way for the blind to read.

Louis Braille
The Story of Louis Braille. There was a time, not
long ago, when most people thought that blind ...
Description: About the French man who invented a way for the blind to read.

Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille : page d'accueil
... américain spécialisé en déficience visuelle, l'Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille
représente encore aujourd'hui la plus importante concentration de ...

Braille Information Centre: Louis Braille
site map c n i b home french home page tips on accessibility The Canadian National
Institute for the Blind. Braille Information Centre. Louis Braille. ...

Duxbury Systems -- Louis Braille and the Braille System
Duxbury logo click for home page Duxbury News Products Support Company Info Resources
- Active Section site index, Braille. Louis Braille. ...

Duxbury Systems -- Louis Braille and the Braille System
We've Moved! This page has moved to the new Duxbury Systems
web site at: http://www.duxburysystems ...

l'école primaire de Coupvray
... Notre village et Louis Braille. Historique. Louis
Braille. Louis Braille. le petit garçon aveugle.

Louis Braille, Creator of the Braille Alphabet
... Louis Braille. by Joseph E. Sullivan. In the French
town of Coupvray, near Paris, there stands ...

Education World : Lesson Planning Center : Teacher Lesson ...
... LESSON PLAN. Reading Without Seeing: Louis Braille
and the Braille Alphabet. ... Brief ...

Louis Braille
Louis Braille (1/4/1809 - 1/6/1852). Year, Description. ... blind.
1852, Louis Braille dies of TB. Links: Louis ...

History of Louis Braille and the Braille Story
... Brailled tablet. Louis Braille was a Capricorn, born on January 4, 1809, in the
village of Coupvray, which lies approximately 50 kilometers east of Paris. ...

MyFonts.com: Louis Braille
... Brady Branczyk index. Louis Braille France. b. Coupvray, near
Paris, 1809 d. 1852. Activities, Alphabet Conception, ...

Facts About Louis Braille's Birthplace
Facts About Louis Braille's Birthplace. Copyright 1995 by the National
Federation of the Blind. ... LOUIS BRAILLE'S ACHIEVEMENT. ...

www.louisbraillecenter.org
Louis Braille Center. ... We would like to hear from you. Please contact us at: Louis
Braille Center 320 Dayton Street, Suite 125 Edmonds, WA 98020-3590. ...

Louis Braille
... Sign-up Now! Louis Braille. Louis Braille was born on January 4th, 1809 in Coupvray,
France to Monique and Simon Braille. At the age of three Louis lost his ...

BrailleMaster Resource Page - Louis Braille
Louis Braille Memorial. The life story of Louis Braille has been published frequently.
Born in 1809, having lost his sight to an accident at the age of three ...

Louis Braille im COMPUTERGARTEN am 4.Januar von Inga ...
... Der Computergarten am 4. Januar 2000. Louis Braille französischer
Blindenlehrer und Erfinder der Braille - Schrift. ...

Now, I Can See ~ Louis Braille
... Now, I Can See ~ Louis Braille. ... Out of Darkness : The Story of Louis Braille Here's
another children's book on Louis Braille for children 9 to 12 years old. ...

Louis Braille
... Louis Braille(1809-1852) Have you ever seen on the elevator those little bumps by
the floor buttons? Well those bumps are the way blind people read and write ...

Vision Australia Foundation - Louis Braille Audio
... Skip to bottom of page. ... Louis Braille Audio. -- Junior Fiction -- Adult Fiction
-- Non-fiction This page contains the following information: ...

ACLB - Associação de Cegos Louis Braille - Belo Horizonte/ ...
Entrar. Você é o visitante número desde 17/10/2000.
2000 ACLB. Todos os direitos ...

Vorschau Louis-Braille Torballturnier
Turniervorschau. Louis-Braille Torballturnier. 11. November 2000, Hamburg. Ansprechpartner:
Werner Gutschmidt, Binsenort 18, 22549 Hamburg Tel.: 040 / 83 64 88 ...

Louis Braille
Louis Braille. One day a small boy crept into his
father's workshop to play. He had often seen ...

Louis Braille : l'homme qui ouvrit aux aveugles les portes ...
... du savoir. Par une triste journée de l'an 1812, le petit Louis Braille se blesse
un œil avec un outil tranchant dans l'atelier de son père, bourrelier. Ce ...

Book 364/Louis Braille, the boy who invented books for the ...
Book 364/ Louis Braille, the boy who invented books for
the blind. Date completed: 1976-77. ...

Louis Braille
Louis Braille. Louis Braille wurde am 4. Jänner 1809
in Coupvray , Department Seine et Marne geboren ...

Rezultati Prvenstva RKS "Louis Braille" 9A1CBT u ARG-u za ...
REZULTATI PRVENSTVA RKS "Louis Braille" 9A1CBT U ARG-u
ZA SLIJEPE. "MAKSIMIR, 09.10.1999.". ...

Louis Braille
... Sign up for: YourName@LouisBraille.com. Louis Braille. 1809-1852. Educator &
Inventor of the Braille Alphabet. Start your search on Louis Braille. ...

Braille Institute | Our Services | Education | Louis Braille
... Louis Braille: A Light in the Dark Nearly 190 years after his birth, Louis Braille
is hailed among the great men in French history. His development of the ...

Louis Braille Audio Page
Logo. ACN: 001 843 303 ... Louis Braille Audio. Titles
For 2000. Louis Braille Audio. Louis Braille ...

History of Reading Codes for the Blind
... Hotlinks. Bronze bust of Louis Braille by Etienne
Leroux in Coupvray, France. LOUIS BRAILLE. Quoted ...

A picture book of Louis Braille (in MARION)
A picture book of Louis Braille. Title: A picture book of Louis Braille / David
A. Adler ; illustrated by John & Alexandra Wallner. ... Edition: 1st ed. Subject: ...

Louis Braille et l'écriture braille SNOF
... Louis Braille. inventeur des six points magiques. ... L'alphabet
braille. Les origines de Louis Braille. ...


Médiathèque

... La salle Louis-Braille (fermée, réouverture le 1er décembre) La salle Louis-Braille
rassemble, pour les personnes déficientes visuelles, des équipements ...

Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille - Bibliothèque
... LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE L'INSTITUT NAZARETH ET LOUIS-BRAILLE La première bibliothèque
braille du Canada français a fait d'humbles débuts en 1911. Créée par ...

Louis Braille Unica Island: Journey into Communication - A ...
Louis Braille. If it hadn't been for the accident that
blinded an exceptional three-year ...

 

 

Louis Braille was born in the French town of Coupvray, near Paris on January the 4th, 1809.
His father, Simon René Braille, was a harness maker and was married to Monique. Louis often played in his fathers workshop, unaware of the dangers of the sharp tools his father used in his profession. While playing, he stabbed in his eye with an instrument used to punch holes in leather. The wound wasn't very serious, but it infected and spread out to the other eye. At the age of 4, he became completely blind.

But Louis was a very bright boy, and with help from his family, he was able to receive a very rich education. He went to a normal school, studying with kids who weren't blind.
Despite his handicap, Louis was one of the best students of his class. At the age of ten, Louis went to the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris. The lessons were oral, but there were books available in a raised-print system, invented by Valentin Haüy, the founder of the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris.

His system wasn't very efficient, though: the books contained large, raised letters,
which took up alot of room, so the books were very large and heavy. Those books were also very heavy. In general, Louis was a very good student, but he distinguished himself from the others because of his musical talent. He played the piano and the organ.

Louis got the idea for the braille alphabet from a French army captain, Charles Barbier.
It was very annoying soldiers had to make light before they could read messages, because the enemy could easily spot the light source and use it as a target. So he invented a tactile alphabet, allowing soldiers who knew the code to read & write messages at night, without the need for light.
He later saw the usefulness of his invention for blind people, and he adapted his alphabet so it could be used by the blind. His invention was only partly appreciated, but Louis studied and re-invented the alphabet, making it especially handy for blind people. He used the spelling as a basis for the alphabet, instead of the phonetics Barbier used. He also replaced the Barbier's 12-dot cell by a 6-dot cell. Due to his addiction to music, he also customized the Braille system so it could represent music.
In 1829 he published a book, named "Method of Writing Words, Music and Plain Song by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged by Them".

Before his death on January 6, 1852, his system never really got accepted. But the next years, the popularity of the Braille system increased dramatically. People realized the simple but powerful system was the perfect means for blind to read.

Today, the Braille system is the standard reading system blind children learn. People using the Braille system read almost as fast as you are doing right now. -- Text courtesy of Thinkquest

Research Links

RNIB Factsheet - Louis Braille
Louis Braille. One day a small boy crept into his father's
workshop to play. He had often seen ...
Description: Blinded early in life, this French man went on to invent a way for the blind to read.

Louis Braille
The Story of Louis Braille. There was a time, not
long ago, when most people thought that blind ...
Description: About the French man who invented a way for the blind to read.

Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille : page d'accueil
... américain spécialisé en déficience visuelle, l'Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille
représente encore aujourd'hui la plus importante concentration de ...

Braille Information Centre: Louis Braille
site map c n i b home french home page tips on accessibility The Canadian National
Institute for the Blind. Braille Information Centre. Louis Braille. ...

Duxbury Systems -- Louis Braille and the Braille System
Duxbury logo click for home page Duxbury News Products Support Company Info Resources
- Active Section site index, Braille. Louis Braille. ...

Duxbury Systems -- Louis Braille and the Braille System
We've Moved! This page has moved to the new Duxbury Systems
web site at: http://www.duxburysystems ...

l'école primaire de Coupvray
... Notre village et Louis Braille. Historique. Louis
Braille. Louis Braille. le petit garçon aveugle.

Louis Braille, Creator of the Braille Alphabet
... Louis Braille. by Joseph E. Sullivan. In the French
town of Coupvray, near Paris, there stands ...

Education World : Lesson Planning Center : Teacher Lesson ...
... LESSON PLAN. Reading Without Seeing: Louis Braille
and the Braille Alphabet. ... Brief ...

Louis Braille
Louis Braille (1/4/1809 - 1/6/1852). Year, Description. ... blind.
1852, Louis Braille dies of TB. Links: Louis ...

History of Louis Braille and the Braille Story
... Brailled tablet. Louis Braille was a Capricorn, born on January 4, 1809, in the
village of Coupvray, which lies approximately 50 kilometers east of Paris. ...

MyFonts.com: Louis Braille
... Brady Branczyk index. Louis Braille France. b. Coupvray, near
Paris, 1809 d. 1852. Activities, Alphabet Conception, ...

Facts About Louis Braille's Birthplace
Facts About Louis Braille's Birthplace. Copyright 1995 by the National
Federation of the Blind. ... LOUIS BRAILLE'S ACHIEVEMENT. ...

www.louisbraillecenter.org
Louis Braille Center. ... We would like to hear from you. Please contact us at: Louis
Braille Center 320 Dayton Street, Suite 125 Edmonds, WA 98020-3590. ...

Louis Braille
... Sign-up Now! Louis Braille. Louis Braille was born on January 4th, 1809 in Coupvray,
France to Monique and Simon Braille. At the age of three Louis lost his ...

BrailleMaster Resource Page - Louis Braille
Louis Braille Memorial. The life story of Louis Braille has been published frequently.
Born in 1809, having lost his sight to an accident at the age of three ...

Louis Braille im COMPUTERGARTEN am 4.Januar von Inga ...
... Der Computergarten am 4. Januar 2000. Louis Braille französischer
Blindenlehrer und Erfinder der Braille - Schrift. ...

Now, I Can See ~ Louis Braille
... Now, I Can See ~ Louis Braille. ... Out of Darkness : The Story of Louis Braille Here's
another children's book on Louis Braille for children 9 to 12 years old. ...

Louis Braille
... Louis Braille(1809-1852) Have you ever seen on the elevator those little bumps by
the floor buttons? Well those bumps are the way blind people read and write ...

Vision Australia Foundation - Louis Braille Audio
... Skip to bottom of page. ... Louis Braille Audio. -- Junior Fiction -- Adult Fiction
-- Non-fiction This page contains the following information: ...

ACLB - Associação de Cegos Louis Braille - Belo Horizonte/ ...
Entrar. Você é o visitante número desde 17/10/2000.
2000 ACLB. Todos os direitos ...

Vorschau Louis-Braille Torballturnier
Turniervorschau. Louis-Braille Torballturnier. 11. November 2000, Hamburg. Ansprechpartner:
Werner Gutschmidt, Binsenort 18, 22549 Hamburg Tel.: 040 / 83 64 88 ...

Louis Braille
Louis Braille. One day a small boy crept into his
father's workshop to play. He had often seen ...

Louis Braille : l'homme qui ouvrit aux aveugles les portes ...
... du savoir. Par une triste journée de l'an 1812, le petit Louis Braille se blesse
un œil avec un outil tranchant dans l'atelier de son père, bourrelier. Ce ...

Book 364/Louis Braille, the boy who invented books for the ...
Book 364/ Louis Braille, the boy who invented books for
the blind. Date completed: 1976-77. ...

Louis Braille
Louis Braille. Louis Braille wurde am 4. Jänner 1809
in Coupvray , Department Seine et Marne geboren ...

Rezultati Prvenstva RKS "Louis Braille" 9A1CBT u ARG-u za ...
REZULTATI PRVENSTVA RKS "Louis Braille" 9A1CBT U ARG-u
ZA SLIJEPE. "MAKSIMIR, 09.10.1999.". ...

Louis Braille
... Sign up for: YourName@LouisBraille.com. Louis Braille. 1809-1852. Educator &
Inventor of the Braille Alphabet. Start your search on Louis Braille. ...

Braille Institute | Our Services | Education | Louis Braille
... Louis Braille: A Light in the Dark Nearly 190 years after his birth, Louis Braille
is hailed among the great men in French history. His development of the ...

Louis Braille Audio Page
Logo. ACN: 001 843 303 ... Louis Braille Audio. Titles
For 2000. Louis Braille Audio. Louis Braille ...

History of Reading Codes for the Blind
... Hotlinks. Bronze bust of Louis Braille by Etienne
Leroux in Coupvray, France. LOUIS BRAILLE. Quoted ...

A picture book of Louis Braille (in MARION)
A picture book of Louis Braille. Title: A picture book of Louis Braille / David
A. Adler ; illustrated by John & Alexandra Wallner. ... Edition: 1st ed. Subject: ...

Louis Braille et l'écriture braille SNOF
... Louis Braille. inventeur des six points magiques. ... L'alphabet
braille. Les origines de Louis Braille. ...


Médiathèque

... La salle Louis-Braille (fermée, réouverture le 1er décembre) La salle Louis-Braille
rassemble, pour les personnes déficientes visuelles, des équipements ...

Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille - Bibliothèque
... LA BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE L'INSTITUT NAZARETH ET LOUIS-BRAILLE La première bibliothèque
braille du Canada français a fait d'humbles débuts en 1911. Créée par ...

Louis Braille Unica Island: Journey into Communication - A ...
Louis Braille. If it hadn't been for the accident that
blinded an exceptional three-year ...

Start your search on Louis Braille.



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