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He invented a system that changed the world in spite of his blindness

Louis-BrailleBlind from the age of three, Louis Braille learned to read at a school for the blind in Paris at that time, books for the blind could weigh up to a hundred pounds! Inspired by the points back on the dice, he invented the reading and writing in Braille. Follow the incredible story of an amazing child, courageous, ambitious, visionary … and yet blind!

In 1812, a three year old boy playing in the leather workshop of his father in Coupvray in France, when he had an accident that would change the course of his life. Louis Braille accidentally dug a punch in the eye: the metal end made him blind in one eye and infection left him totally blind soon.

Great misfortune may strike us and impact our lives tremendously, but we can decide whether or not this will definitely slow us

Louis was a bright boy and he won a scholarship to study in a school for the blind in Paris. It was not a particularly nice place. Students were often fed bread and water, and sometimes as punishment, they were locked. At this school, Louis and other blind children learned to play several musical instruments (he became expert to play the organ and cello) and also learned to read. At that time, books for the blind used letters raised with metallic son under the paper and some of these books could weigh more than fifty pounds!

One day, a visit to the school to soldier spoke of a system of code he had invented in the French army. He used dots and dashes in relief on a piece of paper to allow soldiers to send messages in the dark while remaining silent.

Louis Braille will fight and going to invent a system that revolutionized the world, and is still used today

Louis and other children found him too confusing system, but the basic idea remained in the boy’s head. He began to experiment with different ways to create a language using raised dots on paper – and for that, he used the same punch that made him blind! One day, Louis Braille was able to pick up a pair of dice and feel the six points on one side. Here’s how the inspiration came to him. He quickly developed a code for each letter of the alphabet with numbers and symbols as periods and question marks, while using no more than six points. The idea was simply revolutionary!

The great advantage of this system is that we could read each letter or symbol, with the tip of the finger. With practice, a player could run his finger along a line and read very quickly. The other great thing is that the blind using the Braille system could read and write. His system has opened the door to a new world!

It took many years for the Braille system takes off fully. The fame of the system has continued to spread even after the death of Louis in 1852. Few people can say they have invented a whole new system of reading and writing, but Louis Braille, the blind, has fact. Moreover, its system has been adopted worldwide and is now available in almost all the languages spoken by humans.

Whoever you are, whatever you have as a problem, as a disease, such as weakness … you have your place in this world … and if you want, you can change it! Never give up, never, never!

Story from the book Inspiration to LIVE YOUR MAGIC!, Larry Anderson took on  www.abcchampions.com

Beyond the handicap!

Your disability doesn’t reduce your skills. So surpass it and reveal to the world your talent because talent doesn’t make difference. You doubt it?

Do you know that Homer was blind, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was suffering from motor disorders, Louis Jouvet stuttered and that Glenn Gould was agoraphobic?

Have you not heard of the couple from Mali, Amadou & Mariam, blind but very famous singers? I indulge you to listen to one of their songs that I particularly love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dO8xnMCNK0

In spite of their disabilities, great men and women have risen beyond the belief expressed in them, to achieve beautiful, great, unique and extraordinary feats to the benefit of humanity. These people were able to do with their disability, that which their talent otherwise wouldn’t have attained.

You reading this, what do you see beyond your disability?

Do you know your disability can be a great strength if you so desire?

Do you not want to be the next great man who is celebrated?

Do you know that you are unique and you have a mission on this earth for which you were born?

What is your vision in life? Do you have one? If not, then, what do you expect? Make a personal evaluation of yourself, discover that vision.

Save it as an audio or video.

If you are unable to listen to it every day, listen every week, especially when you’re in despair, when you feel like giving up or when people look down on you. It’ll surely take you to a time in history with all those great men and women.

Surpass your disability and Innovate!

If you also know people with disabilities who have risen above their disabilities, do not hesitate to send us their names and stories via email; handinewlook@gmail.com

Fresh look on the person with disabilities

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The definition of the word disability doesn’t have a unanimous meaning because of the diversity in the way a disability can manifest.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted by the General Assembly in 2006 and ratified by Benin 5 July 2012, define persons with disabilities as “those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments whose interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. »

The perceptions built around disability prevent these people the full enjoyment of all human rights because they are regarded as exceptions, or abnormalities.

People with disabilities are therefore people with specific needs. And this specificity gives rise in our African societies, particularly in Benin to multiple interpretations, most of which are closely linked to culture. Often, in African culture, the person with a disability is a curse, a sick person, a misfit, incompetent, the result of a punishment from the gods, a shame, in short « a corruption of the human race ». For in the words Bienvenu Bio BONI, a beninese writer, a blind  whose you will discover the story in my next articles « all people live with disabilities. They ignore the ones they do not choose to see « 

These different perceptions built around disability prevent these people the full enjoyment of all human rights because they are regarded as exceptions, or abnormalities.

In Africa, people with disabilities can languishing under the weight of socio-cultural constraints and be subjected to daily social and institutional discrimination. They can live in abject poverty, in idleness, be engaged in begging,  or even waiting for death.

The person with disabilities should avoid fatality. S /he must realize that s/he has enormous potential; s/he is competent and able to amaze the world

My blog will not be the space to deliver a theoretical discussion of the problems of people with disabilities, nor will it be the space to look at the legal framework for people with disabilities in Benin. It will rather be used to show a different side to people living with disabilities.  It will be a space that will allow the person with disabilities to trust in his/her self, to realize that s/he has enormous potential; s/he is competent and able to amaze the world, contributing decisively sustainable development to the community and nation.

This blog  is a space for you, dear readers, who give reasons not to live your life, you who think that nature is against you, you who strive against your fate.

This blog is there to reassure you that whatever your weaknesses are and where you are, you do not have a reason not to succeed. Finally, this blog wants to encourage the whole society to take a fresh look at the person with disabilities,  and to take an inclusive approach toward successful integration of all in the socio-economic, professional and political life of our country.

« Disability exists only in the eyes of others»