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Learning braille at SEL

March 14, 2024

Third grade students at Smithtown Elementary School were given a lesson in braille by family volunteer, Ilda Wistreich, Thursday afternoon. Our young learners were amazed at what Louis Braille was able to accomplish!

The students were able to see and learn about the braille alphabet, numbers, shapes, and even a map of the United States!

Braille was blinded at the age of three in one eye and eventually, became blind in both eyes.  However, Louis excelled in his education and received a scholarship to France's Royal Institute for Blind Youth, where he eventually developed a system of tactile code which subsequently was named after him!

His system is used worldwide and remains virtually unchanged to this day.



 Mrs. Wistreich teaching students braille

student looking at braille chart

Principal Kakalos helping a student

student looking at braille alphabet


braille lesson in class