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Braille
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Braille:
Braille is a system of raised dots that are used by the blind to read. To read Braille, a person touches the Braille code with the fingers, and feels which dots are raised. The raised dots are arranged in three by two rectangular cells. Each Braille cell stands for a letter, a number, a punctuation mark, or a contraction.

The Braille Alphabet:
a in Braille
A
b in Braille
B
c in Braille
C
d in Braille
D
e in Braille
E
f in Braille
F
g in Braille
G
h in Braille
H
i in Braille
I
j in Braille
J
k in Braille
K
l in Braille
L
m in Braille
M
n in Braille
N
o in Braille
O
p in Braille
P
q in Braille
Q
r in Braille
R
s in Braille
S
t in Braille
T
u in Braille
U
v in Braille
V
w in Braille
W
x in Braille
X
y in Braille
Y
z in Braille
Z
period in Braille
Period .
question mark in Braille
Question mark ?
comma in Braille
Comma ,
exclamation point in Braille
Exclamation point !
capital in Braille
Capital letter follows
Number sign in Braille
Number follows
semi colon in Braille
Semicolon ;
Open quote in Braille
Open quote
Close quote in Braille
Close quote

Louis Braille:
Louis Braille (Jan. 4, 1809-Jan. 6, 1852) improved a coded system of raised dots used by the blind to read. He was blinded as a child, and invented his extraordinary system in his early teens. In 1829, Braille published "The Method of Writing Words, Music, and Plain Song by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged by Them." His method, called Braille, is still in use around the world today. Louis Braille is buried in the Pantheon in Paris, as a French national hero. For a worksheet on Braille, click here.

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