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Audio and braille

Each quarter we distribute over 800 large print and audio copies of our Insight magazine to blind and partially sighted people. We also provide a small number of copies in braille.

Photo of a hand reading braille

For some of our members these are a life line and enable them to continue to be part of their community.


The raised dot system now known as ‘braille’ was pioneered by a young Frenchman called Louis Braille, who was blinded at the age of 3. Aged 10, he was sent to the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris. It was here in 1821 that Louis was first introduced to the idea of using a coded system of raised dots. By 1824, aged just 15 years old, Louis had found 63 ways to use a six-dot cell in an area no larger than a fingertip. He had invented the braille alphabet.

Braille is not as widely used now, but remains a useful and vital communication tool, RNIB – provide training and information (http://www.rnib.org.uk/braille-and-moon-%E2%80%93-tactile-codes/learning-braille).

Berkshire Vision has an embosser and can provide written output in Braille upon request.

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