“There is a wonder in reading braille that the sighted will never know: to touch words and have them touch you back.”- Jim Fiebig

Braille consists of an arrangement of raised dots in a cell. These cells are composed of three dots down and two dots across – a total of six dots.  The dots create 63 different patterns. Each cell represents a letter of the alphabet, number, punctuation mark or other print symbol.

Uncontracted braille uses a cell for each letter.  The contracted version uses all 63 different combinations to represent whole words or combinations of letters. The contracted version makes reading quicker and easier.

Everything you read in print can be produced using this dot system. For children and adults with sight loss, it means being able to read anything a sighted person can, giving independence and equal access to information. At school, university or in the workplace, it can be used to access documents. About 80 per cent of blind people in full-time work are braille readers.


Type your name in braille

Type your name on the line below to see it appear in Braille.