Training and Low Imaginative and prescient: The Unimaginable Story of the Boy Who Invented Braille

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Louis Braille lost his eyesight at age 5, and at age 15 he developed a tactile system for reading and writing.

One day in 1812, in the commune of Coupvray, near Paris, France, Louis Braille was playing in his father’s workshop, which made harnesses for horses.

At the age of three, it was not uncommon for him to be attracted to carpentry tools and, mimicking what he had seen, picked up one of the sharp tools to “play daddy”.

To read especially on BBC Africa:

It might not be the first time he’s done this, and he’s probably been told not to – but at that age, you don’t measure the consequences.

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