You may be wondering how people who are blind read when their eyes do not see. Many people who are blind listen to audio books just as seeing people do. Some people who are blind use magnifiers to help them read.
They can also read with their fingers with a special alphabet of raised dots on stiff paper called Braille. Braille was invented by Louis Braille who was blind and wished to help other people who are blind have the chance to read. Today it is possible for just about anything in print to be published in Braille. There are Braille typewriters and printers so that people who are blind can use computers to print out their work in Braille.
Braille is written with a combination of six raised dots on stiff paper. If you look at the model below, you can see how the dots are labeled. In real Braille, they are not labeled or colored in, but for this page it is there to help you learn the dot names.
While it is tricky to learn Braille, it has its advantages. Think how easy it would be to read at night after lights out if you knew Braille!
The dots are named from one to six. By making different combinations of the raised dots, the letters of the alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks can be formed.
Click on the links below to learn how each of the letters is formed in Braillle. Once you have done that you may be able to figure out the blinking titles on the various pages of this website.