Braille

A young girl reads Braille paper.

Braille enables blind people to read and write with their fingertips using a system of six raised dots.

Braille, as we know it today, was created in 1821 by a French school boy named Louis Braille when he was just eleven years old. 

Today, Braille is used all over the world in many languages. Simply put, it is vital to literacy for blind people. Compared to listening to audio versions of books or other materials, reading and writing with Braille teaches grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 

The National Federation of the Blind offers many programs and resources to help children and adults learn and have fun with Braille. 

NFB BELL Academy

The nationwide NFB BELL Academy (which stands for Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning) provides children with Braille and nonvisual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning activities.

Feel the Love

We’re partnering with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® to make sure blind children can feel the love with a personalized Braille note in their lunchbox.

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children

Join the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children and gain access to a supportive network of parents, in addition to Braille and other resources.

International Braille and Technology Center 

Located at our national headquarters in Baltimore, the International Braille and Technology Center is a comprehensive evaluation, demonstration, and training facility focused on technology for the blind.

Early Childhood Initiatives 

Our early childhood initiatives including the Braille Reading Pals Club and the Early Explorers program provide young blind children and their families with support and guidance to master the fundamental skills of literacy and independent travel.

Other Braille Resources