Braille is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired. It is traditionally Since the various braille alphabets originated as transcription codes for printed writing, the mappings (sets of character designations) vary from . Tools to write/translate Braille. Braille is a tactile alphabet/writing system for blind people that also can be described with digits. (währe schön wenn der Linktext ‘Folke’ ‘Rinneberg’ und das Thema der Seite beinhalten würden. z.B. ‘Braille-Alphabet-Übersicht von Folke Rinneberg’).

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Braille is a tactile reading system that was invented in France in the mids and is named for its inventor, Louis Braille. Braille enables children who are unable to read print to become literate and helps adults who lose the ability to read, due to blindness or low visionto continue enjoying books, newspapers, and magazines.

The braille alphabet bblindenschrift based upon a “cell” that is composed of 6 or 8 dots, arranged in two columns of 3 or 4 dots each. Each braille letter of the alphabet or other symbol, such as a comma, is formed by using one or more of the dots that are contained in the braille cell. The letter “a” is pictured at left.

If you would like a copy of this chart, you can get a free embossed braille card from the National Braille Press website or you can go to the printable braille alphabet card available from the American Foundation al;habet the Blind’s Braille Bug. Braille has codes for writing text, music, and even technical material for math and science.

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Text or literary braille has two forms: Inwhen he was 27 years old, Jeff Pledger lost his sight overnight from optic nerve atrophy and a subsequent coma, during a hospital stay for routine testing. Says Jeff, “At 6 feet, 2 inches, I’m a pretty tall guy and when I went into hospital I was pounds. Ninety-three days later, after leaving the hospital, I weighed in at pounds.

Within a month I went my local agency for blindness skills training. I went because Debbie, my home health nurse, said she couldn’t stand me any more! We both learned braille together, even though it didn’t always go smoothly. I know it didn’t help when I would throw my braille books across the room.

But Debbie would let me stomp off, not pick up the books, and wait until I came back. She was also there for me when I was learning how to type, to use the Perkins Brailler to write braille, and do a few things for myself around the home. The proliferation of different braille codes has long been recognized as a problem and the adoption of UEB simplifies the issue by creating a standard code for braille in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Nigeria, and Singapore.


Learning braille as an adult is similar to learning a new language. In addition to memorizing the dot configurations of the alphabet, numbers, punctuation, and contractions, you also need sufficient finger sensitivity to feel the dot combinations. Do you enjoy reading for pleasure? Do you like taking educational courses? Do you have a job that requires reading? Are you interested in reading for religious or spiritual purposes? If so, you might enjoy the challenge of learning Literary Braille.

Like any new skill, it can take a while to learn—perhaps a year or more of weekly lessons—but can be well worth your time investment if you are an avid reader. If you have a minimal need for extensive reading and writing, except for preparing shopping lists, labeling items, and taking brief notes, you may find that Alphabetic Braille is sufficient to meet your daily reading and writing needs.

The choice is always yours. Learning and using braille can be a wonderfully liberating experience if you want to learn it, have a need for it, and are willing to invest sufficient learning time. If you are thinking about learning braille, good finger sensitivity is important; it’s equally important, however, to be able to memorize new information, have a good reason for using braille, and have the patience to master a new reading method.

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Finger sensitivity varies from person to person. Most adults unless they have repeatedly injured their fingers in occupations that have caused calluses, burns, or other damage usually have sufficient finger sensitivity to read braille.

Some health conditions, such as diabetesand laphabet medications can cause neuropathy loss of sensation in the fingers, which could make it difficult for you to read braille. Braille is often read with the pad of the index finger, but other fingers can be used and might, in fact, be more sensitive than the index finger.

Although some reading materials are also available in “jumbo dot” braille which blindsnschrift be helpful to braille readers with reduced finger sensitivity from diabetes, for examplethe range of books and magazines available in this format is limited. Many of the newer braille instructional books now begin with sensory exercises that can help you assess your own ability to feel raised or embossed shapes, and discriminate between different patterns of dots and sizes of symbols.

You can also be tested for “finger sensitivity. These tests and others are used by health care professionals and vision rehabilitation professionals. As with learning anything new, it’s always a plus to have a family member or friend learning braille along with you. By learning together, you can provide mutual moral support and make learning the braille alphabet an enjoyable activity.

You can write notes to each other, check each other’s progress, and celebrate together when you gain new skills. The answer to this question depends upon your reasons for wanting to learn braille, which is always a personal choice. Some people have usable vision, but their eyes tire easily or become irritated or uncomfortable when reading for longer periods of time. Other individuals, depending upon their eye condition or conditions, can see better on some days than on others. During those times, these individuals can use braille as a backup or secondary system for reading and writing.


If you have usable vision, consider having a low vision examination conducted by an ophthalmologist or optometrist who has a special qualification in low vision. A low vision examination can help you learn if low vision optical devicessuch as magnifiers or magnifying reading glasses, or non-optical devicessuch as task lighting, absorptive lenses, or electronic video magnifiers, can help you read or write more comfortably and efficiently.

After you’ve had a low vision examination and explored low vision optical and non-optical devices, you may still feel you could benefit from learning Alphabetic or Literary Braille. Again, the decision is yours to make. Reading, Writing, and Vision Loss. VisionAware helps adults who are losing their sight continue to live full and independent lives by providing timely information, step-by-step daily living techniques, a directory of national and local services, and a supportive online community.

Learn how AFB designs its family of websites for accessibility! Jeff Pledger, Senior Financial Analyst Inwhen he was 27 years old, Jeff Pledger lost his sight overnight from optic nerve atrophy and a subsequent coma, during a hospital stay for routine testing. Learn more about Jeff’s journey through braille and full employment, as he Learns to travel independentlyusing a long white cane Meets his dog guide Vincenzo Runs in marathons with his wife Suzanne.

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