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Young Heroes: Louis Braille

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Dramatizes the life of Louis Braille, including the events that caused him to become blind as well as the cause of his death in 1852 at the age of 43 of tuberculosis. Illustrates the development of the Braille System, which he created in 1824 at the age of 15, and how it was at first rejected and even banned at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth (where Braille attended as a child and was later employed as a teacher). NOTE: A special thank you to CNIB for allowing the use of its description track for this video.

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Runtime: 35 minutes 49 seconds

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    Dorothy M H. (Baltimore, MD)
    January 7th, 2022 at 02:11 PM

    An excellent movie tie-in for World Braille Day!

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    Laura H. (Austin, TX)
    January 14th, 2021 at 03:59 PM

    This was a very engaging film and appropriate for students at both higher and lower functioning levels.

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    Martin M. (Janesville, WI)
    April 24th, 2020 at 01:46 PM

    I thought this was fantastic. Well produced, informative, Good description. Visually Impaired students would appreciate.

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    Dorothy M H. (Baltimore, MD)
    January 9th, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    An excellent biography of Louis Braille with extensions to support Science and Language Arts curriculum standards, as well as, World History.

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    BETH K. (Anaheim, CA)
    August 27th, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    This is a really good video about Louis Braille's life done in a very engaging and entertaining way.

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    Kimberly S. (Stanley, NC)
    September 22nd, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    Young Heroes: Louis Braille was a great educational video that is easy to understand, the material was presented well. Louis Braille was an amazing person.

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    Anonymous (Tampa, FL)
    October 31st, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    This movie really brought out a depth and understanding about the cause of Louis Braille's blindness, his intense desire to learn, and how hard he worked to invent the amazing Braille Code!

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    Sarah C. (Rio Rancho, NM)
    September 7th, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    I learned so much about Louis Braille and how our braille system was created. Very interesting and fascinating!

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    DEBBRA B. (WAUKESHA, WI)
    June 28th, 2015 at 09:06 PM

    Very informative and engaging for our high school students. I did a thematic unit on Deaf/Blind and showed this movie to elicit students interest then I followed this up with a live presenter from our local Deaf/Blind center. Many students were enthralled by the information and hands on experience. :)

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    Susan M. (Meridian, ID)
    March 12th, 2015 at 09:14 AM

    Really enjoyed it!! I plan on getting it, again!

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    Joya M. (Bronx, NY)
    March 4th, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    This is a wonderful portrayal of the Louis Braille Story. Students learn about Louis Braille's motivation to read, Captain Barbier's "night writing system" and the struggle between Louis Braille and his sighted naysayers.