United dots of Braille
196 countries, 6909 languages but only one unique coded system of
raised dots for reading and writing: Braille or the first digital form
For more than two hundred years, six magic dots have been touched by
and have touched millions of lives.
There are seven wonders of the world and there is Braille: a wonder
consisting of six tiny raised dots that sighted people will never know:
to touch words and to have them touch you back.
My fingers are the sky and under them
Perfect rows of buds emerge and prosper.
The world rests on my lap
Thanks to the brilliance of Braille and its master.
Its endurance, elegance, universality and efficiency never cease to
amaze me. Not only does the Braille code work in most, if not all,
languages, with all their complexities but it can also be used in
musical, mathematical and computer applications. And, despite
passionate debates and disagreements over the variations and use of its
codes, Braille has survived.
My two hands are gliding gracefully across the Braille display of my
small Braille computer where the living memorial to Louis Braille lies.
Will I achieve my dream of becoming an interpreter? I feel confident
that the united dots of Braille will enable me to do so even if some
people argue technology could one day replace human interpreters. I am
convinced the advances of technology will undoubtedly enable the
Braille code to go even further rather than undermine it and I am
confident the dancing dots of Braille will remain united. If only
Louis Braille could have known in his lifetime the significance of his
great gift to humankind and witnessed the interaction of Braille
readers and users through electronic devices! He would have been
astounded if he had realised the enormous success his invention became
and that it would bear his name for eternity.
Like mine, I foresee the future of Braille as a single bright and busy
To Louis Braille and its unique united dots, all hail!
Written by Alexia Sloane, 11 years old.