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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday – Braille Literacy Week 1/1-7


Louis Braille was born near Paris, France in 1809. At the age of three, while in his father's shop, Louis's right eye was blinded when it was accidentally gouged by a sharp tool. After a disease ravaged his left eye, Louis was left in total blindness.
Louis was a very smart child and earned a scholarship to attend the National Institute for Blind Youth. At this school, Louis was taught to read using a system of raised letters made from copper wire pressed onto a page. Fortunately for Louis, Charles Barbier visited the school and demonstrated the coded system he had devised to enable soldiers to silently send coded messages. Louis worked on this system and by the age of fifteen, had developed his version of the code using six dots to represent the alphabet.
Louis stayed to teach at the institute, but resigned before the age of thirty after contracting tuberculosis. Louis Braille lost his battle with the incurable disease at the age of forty-three.


So much one can do this week:

Check out www.seedlings.org
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children.

“Write” name by gluing pipe cleaners down on paper.

Write a message to a friend using the Braille alphabet.

Invite a guest to read a Braille book.

Play website games:
www.afb.org/braillebug/thenamegame.asp
(type your name to see it in Braille)

www.afb.org/braillebug/emailmessage.asp
(write a secret message in Braille)


January is National Braille Literacy Month. If you cannot celebrate Braille this week, you can celebrate another week this month. Enjoy!!

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