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Essays by KT
Louis Braille
Affirming Diversity
Which Way Home
Mis experiencias con español
La figura de la madre
La redención
Manifestations of the Divine Brahma
The Six Models of the Church
Affirmative Action
A Friend Is
A persuadir
Aprovecha el día
Armas de fuego
Asperger's Disorder
ASDs: Autism
Black Friday
Book Intro
Big Boys Dont Cry?
Cancion del pirata
Cell Phones
Cathedral Within
Change the World
Child Care
Civil Society
Christian Family
Organ Donation
Deanne Bray
Drug Testing
Faith in Narnia
Fast Food?
Guns and Games
Grenz Review
The Odyssey
I Am
Jesus the Christ
Keep the Laws!
La ciencia
La inmigración
Louis Braille
Marriage Reflection
Mi lugar de refugio
My Life (Erikson)
My Special Place
Reflection -Marriage
Romance sonámbulo
Public-service values
Semana Santa
Spe Salvi
Teen Suicide
Un Santo legendario
Better World
The Four Loves
"Jesus Freak" Picture
Mona Lupe
Mother of Jesus
Holy Eucharist
Religión en Niebla
The U.S. Economy
Todo es regalo
Trip to NY ...
True Friends
Una lección
Unlikeliest Friends
Santo legendario
Vs. and Verses
What's the Diff?
Walsh Review
Means to be Human
Million dollars

English 9 (Mrs. Rudd)
January 10, 2003

Louis Braille was the boy who invented “Braille”. In 1887, after Louis’ death, in his honor, the people of Coupvray, built a monument to him in the middle of the village square. “On one side of the marble column was the alphabet of dots and the words: ‘To Braille from the Grateful Blind.’ On the other side was a raised picture of Louis teaching a blind child to read with his hands” (Davidson 78-79). Louis played in the same village square as a boy. People proudly call it “La Place Braille”. Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 in Coupvray, France, Approximately twenty-five miles from Paris.
At age three, Louis was blinded in an accident. It occurred while he was playing with tools in his father’s harness shop. An awl slipped and plunged into his eye. “Sympathetic ophthalmia and blindness followed” (Britannica 466). When he was ten, he entered the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris, France.
At the age of twelve, he became interested in a type of writing, used to communicate in the dark. He started to create his own alphabet, eventually eliminating the lines and leaving just dots. When he was only fifteen, he finally finished the alphabet. People eventually called the alphabet, “Braille,” after him.
Louis Braille had been ill with tuberculosis on and off for the last few years of his life. He got sick with a cold and was too weak to recover. He died on January 6, 1852, in Paris, France, when he was only thirty-five.
Six years after Louis’ death, the first school for the blind, in America, began to use his alphabet. “Braille” was also being used in other languages. Thirty years later, almost every school for the blind, in Europe, had changed to it. In 1952, his remains were sent to Paris to be buried in the Pantheon. His coffin was taken from the little country cemetery of Coupvray and carried to Paris. It was put in a building called the Pantheon – “the burial place of France’s most honored men” (Davidson 80). “Over the main door of the building were: ‘To its Greatest Men – the Country Gives Honor’” (Davidson 80).

Works Cited Davidson, Margaret. Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1971. “Louis Braille.” Britannica. 1995. The Editors of Beyond Words Publishing. Boys Who Rocked the World. Hillsboro, Oregon: Beyond Words Publishing Inc., 2001.