January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month, in honor of the creator of the Braille System, Louis Braille.  Louis created the raised dot code for himself and other individuals who were blind.

Although Louis wasn’t born blind he became that way after injuring himself at a very young age by poking himself in the eye with his father’s awl.  An awl is a small pointed tool used for piercing holes in such things as leather (Louis’s father was a leather-worker).

I had no idea braille started out as a military code which was created by the French Army. They used the code to communicate safely at night. So, braille was originally called “night writing”. 

When Louis was a young boy he learned about the night writing code and from it developed the braille code.

I have a free Braille ABC Reference Guide at the end of this post for you 😉