Louis Braille Biography
A New Method: The Story of Louis Braille
This biography was originally published in book form. Copyright 1995 by Carolyn Meyer.
Louis Braille was born January 4, 1809, in Coupvray, France. An injury to his eye at age three resulted in total loss of vision. When he was ten, he entered the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, believed to be the world’s first school for blind children. There he would live, study, and later teach.
When Louis was fifteen, he developed an ingenious system of reading and writing by means of raised dots. Two years later he adapted his method to musical notation.
Mr. Braille accepted a full-time teaching position at the Institute when he was nineteen. He was a kind, compassionate teacher and an accomplished musician. He gave his life in selfless service to his pupils, to his friends, and to the perfection of his raised dot method, which is known today as braille.
Louis Braille died at age forty-three, confident that his mission on earth was completed.
(The Preface is but a summary. Follow the links to read more of the story.)
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