Braille is a system of raised dots that people read with their fingers.

Facts and figures about braille users:

  • braille is the preferred reading medium of approximately 18,000 blind and partially sighted adults in the UK (source: RNIB 2009)
  • many more people use braille for labelling objects around their home and workplace
  • it’s accessible to over 20% of working age people who are registered blind
  • around 4% of the blind and partially sighted population of 5 to 16 year olds in Britain are braille users – this is around 850 children (source: RNIB 2009)
  • braille readers are often influential and active members of the blind community and may pass information on to other blind people

The Sensory Trust and RNIB provide guidance on writing and producing braille.

Read RNIB guidance on writing and producing braille.