Imagine encountering a page filled with nothing but raised dots. At first glance or touch, it might seem like a perplexing puzzle. Yet, this system of dots is braille, a logical tactile writing system that provides access to literacy to those who are blind or low vision. Braille is not a language; it is another way to read and write English (or any other language). Each set of dots, arranged in cells of up to six dots in a 3×2 configuration, represents letters, numerals, or punctuation marks. This system, invented in the early 19th century by Louis Braille, a Frenchman who lost his sight as a child, is based on a logical system that, once understood, can be easily read and written.   

Braille is more than just a method of reading and writing; it’s a bridge to knowledge, creativity, and self-expression. It provides access to music, mathematics, and tactile graphics. Begin learning more about braille and test your knowledge along the way as you engage with Braille Bug.  

Braille: Deciphering the Code

Foreign Language Braille

Nemeth Code (Math)

Music Braille


Braille Technology

Printable Braille Alphabet Key

Louis Braille Biography