Why Braille?

What is Braille?

Braille is a code system that uses six tactile dots that are felt with the fingertips. It was created by a young French boy, Louis Braille, in 1821. Braille is an essential tool with which people with vision loss can read and write.

Literacy is Essential

It is important for all children to be raised within a literacy rich environment. Literacy skills promote independent living, giving children the tools they will need to succeed in school and beyond. Print can be found in abundance, but children with vision loss also need to be surrounded with braille materials!

Print? Braille? Or Both?

People experience vision loss differently, so their literacy tools vary as well. Depending on various factors, a person with vision loss may read solely braille, a combination of print and braille, or just print.

It can be difficult to determine if your child will be a braille reader later in life. When in doubt, it is best to expose your child to both! Your child is never too young to start learning braille. Exposure to braille from an early age gives children ample opportunity to develop strong literacy skills.

Braille in a Digital Age

Is braille still relevant in modern, technology-driven society? Yes! Physical braille is essential for children to learn how to read and write. Learning tactile braille provides a critical advantage for children to learn grammar, language, math, and science. Our print and braille books also give our readers the ability to read along with their families and peers. Seedlings also believes in the power of experiencing a physical book, providing children the opportunity to escape into the magical world of reading!

Advances in technology have closed gaps in access to information experienced by people with vision loss. Equitable access to information and learning has been a passion of Seedlings since its founding, so we are thrilled to see many advances in various technologies to support the visually impaired community.

Photo of mother reading to a young boy

“I am the grandma to a precious grandson with severe Septo Optic Dysplasia. His visual and mental challenges do not hinder his love of books. Andrew squeals with excitement when asked if he would like to read a story and he especially loves books about trucks or animals. Reading together is a very special part of our day.”

— Andrew’s grandmother, Ivy

“More than any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.”

— Helen Keller