Louis Braille 15 Years Old

January 24, 2012 by staff 

Louis Braille 15 Years Old, Did you know Louis Braille invented braille when he was just 15 years old?

Louis Braille was born on 4 January 1809. His parents were poor and his father worked as a saddle maker in the small French town of Coupvray. As a young boy, Louis was blinded by an accident while playing in his father’s workshop. His early education took place at the local village school but when he was 10 years old Louis was sent to Paris to attend a special school for the blind. Here he spent the rest of his life – first as a student, then as a teacher – until his death in 1852.

In Paris Louis Braille established a reputation for himself as a distinguished organist and also as a scientist, but by far his greatest achievement was the invention of the system of embossed writing which bears his name. Braille spent most of his life struggling to gain recognition for his system and have it adopted officially. But those in authority were so prejudiced in favour of the existing method of raised roman letters that his arguments were in vain. Yet the merits of Braille’s system were appreciated by blind students themselves, who used it without official sanction for many years.

At the time of his death, Braille’s long struggle was coming close to success. Two years later in 1854 his system finally gained official recognition. Its use spread to other countries rapidly. Several rival systems of dot writing appeared in the years that followed, but Louis Braille’s system has outlasted them all.

The simple system of raised dots that are read by touch is still used by blind people to read and write. Today braille works with computer technology like email to give blind people access to the same information as their sighted peers.

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