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  200 Years: The Life and Legacy of Louis Braille

Postcard with drawing  by Jean Roblin of the church  in Coupvray where Louis was baptized, no date.

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Coupvray: Louis' Childhood Home
Louis' Education

Louis had to memorize what he learned when he received instruction from Abbé Palluy and the local school teacher, Antoine Becheret. In 1818, when he was 9 years old, Louis' schooling was disrupted by the government's introduction of a new method of teaching called "mutual instruction." The method was based on students instructing one another, thereby reducing the central role of the teacher in the classroom. Abbé Palluy strongly disliked the new method and searched for alternative educational options for Louis. He learned about a school in Paris dedicated to teaching children who were blind, and with the help of a local nobleman arranged for Louis to attend the school on scholarship. Louis' parents realized that he needed special instruction if he was to progress, and, after much soul-searching, they agreed to send him to the Institute for Blind Youth in Paris.


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Born in Coupvray
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An Independent Louis
Louis' Education


Braille Galleries:
Introduction
Introduction
Coupvray
Coupvray
Paris
Paris
Braille
Braille
Recognition
Recognition

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Celebrating 200 Years of Braille


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