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The history of the Braille Alphabet The Braille Alphabet is an extremely vital alphabet today for blind people A French man invented it by the name of Louis Braille The history of the alphabet began when he was only four years old Louis father was a shoemaker Everyday Louis would watch his father make shoes by an awl a sharp pointed tool One day he decided he would like to try The awl slipped from Louis hand and punctured his eye His eye was destroyed forever Later his other eye became infected and he was blinded forever After Louis became blinded it was almost certain that he would not receive an adequate education mostly because he could not read or write Yet Louis was fortunate enough to attend a school for blind boys at the age of ten However the conditions of the school were harsh as they were for all schools in the early 1800s In school Louis was taught practical skills and how to read but not write When they read they read with their fingertips The letters were raised above the surface of the page but the letters were too complex for the blind students to comprehend They complained that they were all the same One day something happened that changed their lives forever Charles Barbier a soldier visited the school He brought along with him a system of writing he developed called night writing Soldiers to transport messages in the darkness of the night without talking used it making them out of harms way Barbier explained that it was too intricate for the soldiers to master right away so the army rejected it Louis Braille recognized how valuable and useful Barbiers system could be only if it was simplified Over the next few months he conducted different experiments to test his product He finally used a six-dot alphabet instead of twelve which Barbier used
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