This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille who invented his raised dot system of reading and writing as an improvement on “sonography”, a method used by the French military to communicate silently at night. Using variations on just six dots, Braille showed how his system went beyond simply representing single letters, and also allowed for subtleties such as punctuation, numbers, and even whole words. In 1952 in a speech to the faculty of the Sorbonne in Paris, Helen Keller described Braille’s invention as being like a magic wand. “The six dots of Louis Braille,” she said, “have resulted in schools where embossed books, like vessels, can transport us to ports of education, libraries and all the means of expression that assure our independence.” The Braille edition of The Instruction is available through a company called Read How You Want, and is also available through them in their EasyRead Super Large print format.