Child reading braille

Braille is a unique system of raised dots that can be read by touch.

Learning braille means that blind and partially sighted people can enjoy reading for life. In particular, learning braille from a young age helps with literacy, as braille is a much better way to understand punctuation, grammar and spelling than audio.

Braille was invented in 1824 by Louis Braille, a Frenchman who lost his sight as a result of a childhood accident. His system used six raised dots to represent each letter, arranged in two columns of three dots just like a domino.

Read about the story of Louis Braille (Word, 193KB)

At RNIB, our transcription service helps people who have lost their sight to continue reading by transcribing books and other printed materials into braille and other accessible formats (like audio and print with larger font sizes). Readers can also access more than 22,000 books in braille through the RNIB Library for free.