What Is Braille?

Designed for parents, teachers, and children who are sighted, these resources provide basic information about braille and its importance. Several games and activities for children are included.
 
 
Perkins School for the Blind
A 4-page fact sheet from the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library provides basic information about the braille system and its history.
 
Perkins School for the Blind
Judi Cannon prepared four pages of games to make learning braille fun for elementary school-aged children who are sighted.
 
Paths to Literacy
This page of the Paths to Literacy site provides a brief introduction to braille, including how it was invented, what the difference is between contracted and uncontracted braille, and additional resources for learning more about braille.
 
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
This NLS Factsheet describes the braille system and its history, introduces the alphabet, and includes a brief biography of Louis Braille.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
AFB's short introduction describes what braille looks like, how it was invented, and how it is written.
 

Web-Based Organizations and Internet Resources

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
At AFB's Braille Bug site, students who are sighted can learn about braille and its history, play games, and practice their new skills with games and riddles; a section for parents and teachers includes classroom activities and a reading club.
 
This site is "dedicated to demystifying braille and to presenting new ideas for learning and presenting braille."  It includes an introduction to braille, tips for teachers, and a special section for parents.
 
Enabling Technologies
This selection of online resources includes information on all aspects of braille, from the alphabet and history to commercial sites with chocolate bars and jewelry.
 

Web-Based Organizations and Internet Resources: New England

Perkins School for the Blind
Our own Braille Awareness Kit is designed to provide an understanding of the braille system and how braille makes a difference in the lives of people who are blind; available on loan.