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.