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Rajasekhar Vijjeswarapu rajasekhar at beeb.net
Sat Jan 5 02:59:33 EST 2008


Hello friends,
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Rajasekhar
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> Subject: Re: [AI] The story of Louis Braille's life, told in a lively
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> > On 1/3/08, raju <rgdcnb1980 at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> >> The story of Louis Braille's life, told in a lively style
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Louis Braille
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> www.afb.org
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Louis Braille (1809-1852)
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Six dots. Six bumps. Six bumps in different patterns, like
> >> constellations,
> >> spreading out over the page. What are they? Numbers, letters, words.
Who
> >> made this code? None other than Louis Braille, a French 12-year-old,
who
> >> was
> >> also blind. And his work changed the world of reading and writing,
> >> forever.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Louis was from a small town called Coupvray, near Paris-he was born on
> >> January 4 in 1809. Louis became blind by accident, when he was 3 years
> >> old.
> >> Deep in his Dad's harness workshop, Louis tried to be like his Dad, but
> >> it
> >> went very wrong; he grabbed an awl, a sharp tool for making holes, and
> >> the
> >> tool slid and hurt his eye. The wound got infected, and the infection
> >> spread, and soon, Louis was blind in both eyes.
> >>
> >> All of a sudden, Louis needed a new way to learn. He stayed at his old
> >> school for two more years, but he couldn't learn everything just by
> >> listening. Things were looking up when Louis got a scholarship to the
> >> Royal
> >> Institution for Blind Youth in Paris, when he was 10. But even there,
> >> most
> >> of the teachers just talked at the students. The library had 14 huge
> >> books
> >> with raised letters that were very hard to read. Louis was impatient.
> >>
> >> Then in 1821, a former soldier named Charles Barbier visited the
school.
> >> Barbier shared his invention called "night writing," a code of 12
raised
> >> dots that let soldiers share top-secret information on the battlefield
> >> without even having to speak. Unfortunately, the code was too hard for
> >> the
> >> soldiers, but not for 12-year-old Louis!
> >>
> >> Louis trimmed Barbier's 12 dots into 6, ironed out the system by the
time
> >> he
> >> was 15, then published the first-ever braille book in 1829. But did he
> >> stop
> >> there? No way! In 1837, he added symbols for math and music. But since
> >> the
> >> public was skeptical, blind students had to study braille on their own.
> >> Even
> >> at the Royal Institution, where Louis taught after he graduated,
braille
> >> wasn't taught until after his death. Braille began to spread worldwide
in
> >> 1868, when a group of British men, now known as the Royal National
> >> Institute
> >> for the Blind, took up the cause.
> >>
> >> Now practically every country in the world uses braille. Braille books
> >> have
> >> double-sided pages, which saves a lot of space. Braille signs help
blind
> >> people get around in public spaces. And, most important, blind people
can
> >> communicate independently, without needing print.
> >>
> >>  Louis proved that if you have the motivation, you can do incredible
> >> things.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Where Can I Find a Picture of Louis Braille?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> We hear this question a lot-why are there no photographs of Louis
Braille
> >> on
> >> the Braille Bug site?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> We looked long and hard for a photograph of Louis Braille. But he died
in
> >> 1852, and at that time photography had been around for only 13 years.
It
> >> was
> >> still a relatively difficult and rare process.
> >>
> >> Also, Louis Braille's code for reading wasn't adopted by the school
where
> >> he
> >> taught until eight years before he died. France didn't officially adopt
> >> Braille's system until two years after he died. It wasn't until 1890
that
> >> the code was adopted in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany,
> >> Spain,
> >> and Scotland-and it took even longer to reach the United States. Louis
> >> Braille really became more famous after his death!
> >>
> >> Maybe people didn't think of taking a photo of him while he was alive
> >> because they didn't know how famous he would later become. But someone
> >> did
> >> think to take an old type of "photo" called a daguerreotype shortly
after
> >> his death. Here is a
> >>
> >> portrait of Louis Braille
> >>
> >>  that was based on the daguerreotype. You can see this image, as well
as
> >> others, in a new biography from National Braille Press entitled  Louis
> >> Braille: A Touch of Genius . As the author notes, "This is the visage
of
> >> a
> >> dead man; in life, he kept his eyes open."
> >>
> >> The only other image we have of Louis Braille is a sculpted bust, which
> >> can
> >> be found at the school in Paris where he taught, the Royal Institution
> >> for
> >> Blind Youth.
> >>
> >> It's hard to remember in these days of digital cameras and instant
> >> pictures
> >> how young photography actually is. Sculpture has been around for
> >> thousands
> >> of years-photography for only 165 years!
> >>
> >> -         The Braille Bug
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> -
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> What is Braille?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> What When you first look at something written in braille, all you see
(or
> >> feel) is a jumble of dots! However, like any other code, braille is
based
> >> on
> >> a logical system. Once you understand it, you'll be able to read and
> >> write
> >> braille easily. That's because braille is not a language, it's just
> >> another
> >> way to read and write English (or any other language, such as
Japanese).
> >> Learn more in "Braille: Deciphering the Code" and check out the other
> >> links
> >> below.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Braille: Deciphering the Code
> >>
> >> Trivia
> >>
> >> Braille Technology
> >>
> >> Printable Braille Alphabet Key
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> braille alphabet card
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> ...Overview of the Braille Bug Site...
> >>
> >> table with 2 columns and 44 rows
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Six tiny raised dots, ingeniously arranged by a fifteen-year-old boy
> >> nearly
> >> two hundred years ago, have brought literacy to thousands of people
with
> >> visual disabilities worldwide. Louis Braille, the inventor of the
braille
> >> code, was born on January 4, 1809, so January is celebrated as Braille
> >> Literacy Month. The Braille Bug web site for children was launched in
> >> January 2002 to commemorate the achievements of this remarkable young
> >> inventor.
> >>
> >> The information, activities, and games found on the Braille Bug web
site
> >> are
> >> designed to teach children in grades 3 through 6 about braille. As they
> >> explore the site, children will be able to:
> >>
> >> list of 6 items
> >>
> >> . develop an appreciation for the efficiency and versatility of
braille;
> >>
> >> . learn why and how Louis Braille invented the literary braille code;
> >>
> >> . understand the importance of braille for another famous blind person,
> >> Helen Keller;
> >>
> >> . learn to recognize braille letters and numbers;
> >>
> >> . describe different ways to read and write braille, including the use
of
> >> technology;
> >>
> >> . use suggested resources to learn more about braille, blindness, and
> >> related topics.
> >>
> >> list end
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> About Braille Literacy
> >>
> >> Braille enables people who are blind or visually impaired to develop
> >> literacy skills comparable to those of sighted people who read print.
> >> Those
> >> who know braille can perform tasks as varied as jotting down a phone
> >> number,
> >> writing a shopping list, solving a long division problem, reading a
> >> musical
> >> score, or composing a doctoral thesis. Sighted elementary students
> >> initially
> >> are fascinated by braille as a kind of "secret code." However, as they
> >> learn
> >> more about braille and its many uses, they expand their knowledge of
> >> people
> >> with disabilities and the accommodations they use to lead full and
> >> successful lives.
> >>
> >>  Accessibility
> >>
> >>  Children who are blind or visually impaired can enjoy the activities
on
> >> the
> >> Braille Bug website right along with their sighted classmates. However,
> >> they
> >> will need special software and/or hardware on their computers.
> >>
> >>  . Those with low vision have the option of
> >>
> >> changing the color of the site
> >>
> >>  to increase contrast and make the text easier to see. They also may
use
> >> screen magnification software to enlarge the text and pictures on the
> >> screen.
> >>
> >>  . Those who do not learn visually may access information and
participate
> >> in
> >> the games & activities by listening. To do this, they need to have a
> >> screen
> >> reader installed on their computer that will read everything that
appears
> >> on
> >> the screen, including text, menus, icons, and alt tags. All the games
and
> >> activities are designed to be completely accessible. However, the
> >> objectives
> >> for children who participate by listening are somewhat different from
> >> those
> >> for children who access the site visually. Although they will not be
> >> learning to recognize simulated braille letters and numbers, they will
> >> benefit from practice using their screen readers as they select menu
> >> items,
> >> listen to information, and play the games. Children with screen readers
> >> may
> >> access the games that have simulated braille characters by listening to
> >> the
> >> alt tags that give the dot numbers for each one. In this way, a player
> >> who
> >> is blind can work on the same questions with a classmate or friend who
is
> >> sighted. This arrangement can promote the development of social
> >> interaction
> >> skills for both children. Children who would like more practice using
> >> their
> >> screen readers may also select the "
> >>
> >> Jumble Puzzle
> >>
> >> " game that provides clues in regular print letters and words, rather
> >> than
> >> in simulated braille.
> >>
> >>  . Those who read braille may access the screen by using a refreshable
> >> braille display or by downloading and printing out a hard copy of the
> >> file
> >> on a braille embosser. Directions for creating a hard copy of any part
of
> >> this website are found in another submenu item under "
> >>
> >> Parents and Teachers
> >>
> >> " entitled "
> >>
> >> How to Download Braille Files
> >>
> >> ."
> >>
> >>  The Home Page
> >>
> >>  The Braille Bug, a ladybug with the six dots of the braille cell on
her
> >> back, welcomes children to the website on the home page. There are four
> >> menu
> >> items for them to choose from, in addition to the "Parents and
Teachers"
> >> item:
> >>
> >> Change the Colors of the Site
> >>
> >> : Children have the option to change the color of the text and
background
> >> based on their personal preferences for comfortable viewing.
> >>
> >> What is Braille?
> >>
> >>  Five submenu items provide children with information about the Braille
> >> Code, tools used to read and write braille, and the life of Louis
> >> Braille.
> >> It is recommended that children read "Braille: Deciphering the Code"
> >> before
> >> attempting any of the games or activities under the next main menu
item.
> >>
> >> list of 5 items
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Braille: Deciphering the Code
> >>
> >> -An introduction to Louis Braille's systematic arrangement of dots in
the
> >> braille cell to form letters, punctuation marks, and numbers. In this
> >> section children also learn about braille contractions and short-form
> >> words.
> >> These are special symbols or spellings that reduce the amount of space
> >> needed for writing words in braille.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Trivia
> >>
> >> -Interesting facts about braille
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Braille Technology
> >>
> >> -A description of low- and high-tech tools used to read and write
> >> braille.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Printable Braille Alphabet
> >>
> >> -A copy of the braille alphabet that students can print out and use as
a
> >> reference while playing the games, writing their own simulated braille
> >> messages, or decoding braille words and numbers they find in the
> >> environment.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Louis Braille
> >>
> >> -The story of Louis Braille's life told in a lively style.
> >>
> >> list end
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Games and Secret Messages:
> >>
> >> Children can explore a variety of interactive activities that challenge
> >> them
> >> to decode simulated braille letters, words, and numbers on the screen.
> >> All
> >> of the activities except the first one include a copy of the braille
> >> alphabet and numbers for reference.
> >>
> >> list of 7 items
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> See Your Name in Braille!
> >>
> >> -Type in any name or other word, and watch it appear on the screen in
> >> braille.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Trivia Mania
> >>
> >> -Decode braille words related to a specific category, such as
"Insects."
> >> After a practice round, players earn points for correct answers.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Riddles
> >>
> >> -Read a riddle in print and decode the braille answer.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Braille Jumble
> >>
> >> -A more difficult version of Trivia Mania. The braille letters for each
> >> word
> >> in a specific category are scrambled. Players decode the letters,
> >> rearrange
> >> them, and type their response. After a practice round, points are
awarded
> >> for each correct answer.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Jumble Puzzle
> >>
> >> -Games designed for use with a screen reader or refreshable braille
> >> display.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Countdown!
> >>
> >> -Decode the braille numbers, figure out the pattern (such as 2, 4, 6,
8),
> >> and type the next number in the sequence. After a practice level,
players
> >> earn points for correct answers.
> >>
> >> .
> >>
> >> Secret Message
> >>
> >> -Send a coded message to a friend by clicking on the letters of the
> >> braille
> >> alphabet or typing in the text. When the message is sent via e-mail,
the
> >> friend will receive instructions on how to see it in braille and decode
> >> the
> >> words.
> >>
> >> braillebug at afb.net
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> list end
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Louis Braille
> >>
> >> : The story of Louis Braille's life, told in a lively style.
> >>
> >> Helen Keller Kids Museum Online
> >>
> >> : A fascinating timeline of Helen Keller's life and achievements.
> >> Includes
> >> photos, videos, letters, and more!
> >>
> >>  We hope that the children who use this site will enjoy learning about
> >> braille and begin to understand its significance for people who are
blind
> >> and visually impaired. During the coming year, the Braille Bug website
> >> will
> >> expand to include a Reading Club and Friends area. We welcome your
> >> comments
> >> and suggestions, which may be sent to
> >>
> >> braillebug at afb.net
> >>
> >>
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