Anything's Possible! – Website created by Michael Sloane, Alexia's big brother.

United dots of Braille

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

of writing.

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.


Braille unites

Braille inspires

Braille liberates

Braille educates.


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.


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