Braille Signs at Your Fingertips: What You Need to Know
The language of Braille, similar to the form still used today, was invented in the 19th century by Louis Braille, a student at the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, France. After experiencing frustration with the ineffectiveness of the day’s current reading system for the blind, which primarily consisted of tracing raised letters with one’s fingers, a young Mr. Braille created an improved reading system. This new method, which was loosely based on a touch-based military code, used raised dots. Once learned, braille enabled reading at a much faster pace.