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Smithtown Elementary Third Graders Learn About Braille

Photo courtesy of Smithtown CSD

Third grade students at Smithtown Elementary School were given a lesson in braille by family volunteer, Ilda Wistreich, on March 14.

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

Ilda was blinded at the age of 3 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.

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