A young boy called Louis invented braille over 200 years ago in France.
When Louis Braille died in 1852 he must have wondered whether his reading and writing system would die with him. It certainly didn't!
Louis Braille's system of embossed type is now used by blind and partially sighted people for reading and writing all over the world. It has been adapted to almost every known language, from Albanian to Zulu. Over the years RNIB has continued to fight for braille and the rights of blind and partially sighted people to have access to information and the opportunity to express themselves in written word. Since our first braille book was published in 1871 our library now shares over 25,000 braille books and music scores with our members every year. We are the largest publisher of braille in Europe.
Today RNIB strives to keep braille alive in a number of ways:
Two centuries after braille was invented, it's still going strong. But the world changes and new technology develops. It will be interesting to see, and even to shape, what happens to braille in the future...