RNIB and braille

Post date: 
Tuesday, 24 July 2018

RNIB has a long history with braille. ​One of the main aims of Thomas Armitage, our founder, was to improve literature for blind and partially sighted people.
Black and white image of an electronic braille detector scanning unit. A man is stood to the left hand side of the machine and is looking at it.

Two years after RNIB was founded, braille was adopted as the main embossed type standard for people with sight loss and we published the UK’s first key to the braille alphabet. A key to braille music notation was also published, 60 years before the official code for braille music was developed. Our first braille magazine, Progress, began publishing in April 1871, and is still being printed today. We developed our first Arabic braille code in 1889, and in 1893 released the first dictionary of braille contractions. We even worked with publishers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, ensuring a braille edition was published the same time as the standard print version.

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