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Louis Braille is the inventor of the Braille code which is used by people who are blind or have low vision to read. Braille was born in Coupvray, France on January 4, 1809. He became blind by accident in 1812 while playing with a sharp tool in his father's shop. [1]


When he was 10 years old, Braille received a scholarship to attend the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris. While at the school, Braille had the opportunity to meet a visiting soldier who had a very interesting invention. The soldier had developed a code of 12 raised dots that was supposed to help soldiers communicate at night. The code, called "night writing", was a little too difficult for the soldiers to use. Braille was able to read the code easily though. He lowered the number of dots from 12 to 6 and thus the Braille code was formed. He published his first book in Braille in 1829 when he was only 15. In 1837, he added symbols for math and music. Unfortunately, the wide-spread use of Braille code did not spread until after his death. [2]


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  1. Louis Braille Biography. American Federation for the Blind. Accessed on January 30, 2008.
  2. Louis Braille Biography. American Federation for the Blind. Accessed on January 30, 2008.