Braille is a system of raised dots that allows blind people to read and to write. Developed by Louis Braille in 1821, each Braille character is called a cell. Each cell is made up of six dots arranged in two lines of three, with various dots being raised to indicate different letters. Braille can be learned through touch or visually. Most Internet sites are equip to teach Braille to sighted students, who may have personal or professional need to learn this system of reading and writing.
Go to Braille Virtual. This site uses Flash to teach sighted people Braille through games.
Practice the Braille alphabet. Use a site that has a Braille transcriber (see References) and a Braille alphabet to use your own writing to review Braille.
Take Family Education Courses. The Hadley School for the Blind has online Braille courses for people with visually impaired family members. Others can pay for online Braille courses through The Hadley School.
Join the kids. Use the games and activities on Braille Bug, a site for children. Though designed for kids, anyone can learn from this site for free.
Become an expert. The National Braille Association has online courses for those that want to become certified in Braille transcription.
- The Braille Bookstore is a great place to find products to help you with your online Braille learning.
- Make sure to only choose courses from reputable Braille education sites.