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What is Braille?

Braille is a system of reading and writing that uses embossed (raised) dots. Braille characters are formed by using different combinations of six dots. These dots are arranged in a pattern called a braille cell which is two dots across and three dots down. 

Braille Alphabet


Why Use Braille?

Hearing the spoken word does not always give enough information. A spelling mistake is more obvious in braille than hearing a mispronunciation amongst a lot of speech. 

Braille is also useful for labeling objects. 

You can also write notes and take down phone numbers. A person who is blind or has low vision is able to use braille just like a sighted person being able to use a pen.

How is Braille Written?

Slate and Stylus


Portable Electronic Braille Devices