Braille

By America Lopez

Our five senses are vital to our everyday life; (taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight) if you lack one, then you’re immediately at a disadvantage. Louis Braille was born with all five sense, until the age of three, when an accident caused him to lose his sight.

Louis, however, wasn’t going to allow this impairment to be the be-all-end-all of his education and desire to read. His motivation to better himself led to his enrollment at the National Institute of the Blind in Paris, France.

While studying there, Louis made it his mission to read all fourteen books the Institute owned.

Louis, himself, did not come up with the idea of raised symbols in books.

The original raised letters in books for the visually impaired made it so you had to feel and dicipher the letter and then try and remember the whole sentence. It was an incredibly daunting task to read a paragraph, let alone a whole chapter.

This arduous system was a product of the Ecriture Nocturneode code invented by Charles Barbier de la Serre. The night-reading code was used to send military messages that could be read on the battlefield at night. The complete reformation of reading for the visually impaired revolutionized everything for the better.

Louis, however, thought that there should be an easier way for him and others alike to read books. He developed a system of raised dots that represented each letter in the alphabet.

Braille gave back something to those who weren’t able to freely read as those around them could. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of Braille books, from Junie B. Jones to Romeo and Juliet to the Bible.

The Lutheran Braille Workers have made it their mission to provide free Braille Bibles for all those who are in need in different languages. If you know anyone in need, orders can be placed at http://lbwinc.org/orders/

Matthew 20: 32-34 says, “Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.” In blindness, physical or spiritual, The Lord can open our eyes and in the end, we will be perfect and see His glory in Heaven.