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World Braille Day 2012

203 years ago today Louis Braille was born. He lived from 1809 to 1852 and devised a system for blind people to read and write, having himself lost his sight as a child as a result of an accident. His legacy lives on as Braille continues to be an important and irreplacable medium for people who are blind or vision impaired.

  • Find out more about Louis Braille
  • Discover what Braille looks like and how it is created in our leaflet All About Braille, which is available in PDF [210KB] or Word [40KB].
  • Watch a short video clip on the production of Braille books at NCBI’s Library and Media Centre

  • Convert your text into Braille! Here you can try converting your name (or whatever you choose) into Braille on screen.
Release Date: 
Wednesday, 4 January, 2012
Today we celebrate the life of Louis Braille, who invented Braille in the 1820s, having himself lost his sight as a child. Find out more about Braille and see if you can write your name in Braille.
News type: 
Press Release