Saturday, January 21, 2012

Get The Facts

A couple of weeks ago I learned it was Braille Literacy Month, and wrote about a Website that allowed you to convert text to Braille.  Based on that post, I got an email from Online Colleges (which, according to their Website, is "a resource for online education") letting me know they'd posted an article I might be interested in called "15 Facts to Share During Braille Literacy Month".

Back in 1824, when Louis Braille developed his system, there was no audio technology to assist blind people.  Now, of course, they have a multitude of ways to take in information.  However, based on what I read, it sounds like Braille is still a vital method of communication.  Among other things, I learned:
  • Every widely-spoken language has its own Braille system, and there are also systems for math, computer science, and music.
  • Six-dot Braille cells have 63 possible combinations
  • The Missouri School for the Blind (right here in St. Louis!) was the first American educational institution to use the Braille system in 1854.
  • Eighty-five percent of legally blind students attend mainstreamed classrooms where the teachers don't know Braille, but more than half the states now have laws that require blind children to have access to Braille resources.
  • With accommodations, 75% of legally blind people can read printed materials.


  1. Incredible!....thank you.....smiles

  2. My nephew used to type some letters to me in Braille. I used to share it with my classroom. It always amazed me that his fingers could read the dots so easily.

  3. Love your trivia bits!
    Happy birthday!

  4. Very interesting! I see the braille on elevators and such but really never think about it much. Now I have something to think about everytime I see those dots...