Today is ‘World Braille Day’

Louis Braille was born on this day in 1809. His invention is a writing system that allows blind and partially-sighted people to communicate, using patterns of raised dots that can be identified as letters by touch.

There are a number of opportunities to raise awareness of Braille in the maths classroom:

  • There are a limited number of configurations of dots in a Braille cell. Can you work out how many?
  • Can you describe the layout of dots in a Braille cell in words? (Promotes use of language such as ‘parallel’, ‘rows’ and ‘columns’.)
  • Which letter in the Braille alphabet has the most lines of symmetry?

You can find out more about Braille and its usage here:

https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/braille/what-braille

And here is a very engaging maths activity that use Braille to encourage mathematical thinking:

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/32312/braille