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This page explains what Moon is, who uses it and how you can start to learn it.
Where braille uses dots, Moon uses raised lines and curves, with added dots.
These can represent sounds, parts of words, whole words or numbers.
Dr William Moon (1818–94) invented the Moon alphabet when he lost his sight completely at the age of 21.
If you are blind, have sight loss or are deafblind, you can use Moon to read by touch.
It can be useful if you have less sensitive sense of touch or limited motor control, because the characters are large, open and easy to read.
It’s a simple system, so family and friends can also learn it quickly.
If you’re familiar with the print alphabet, you may find it easier to learn.
Though many people who are deafblind do find Moon easier to learn than braille, it is used less often than braille – and hardly at all now outside of the UK.
Books produced in Moon are large and heavy, and can be uncomfortable.
There are no portable mechanical devices for writing Moon.
There are two grades of Moon:
If you’re looking for a Moon teacher in your area, contact your local authority’s visual impairment team or sensory services team.
They may be able to suggest local teachers or Moon users who can offer support.
To find out whether Moon is right for your child, you’ll first need to speak to a qualified teacher of children and young people with visual impairment (QTVI).
Contact your local authority’s visual impairment team or sensory services team for contact details of a QTVI.
You can get a range of products for writing and producing Moon:
ClearVision Library offers more 14,000 fiction and non-fiction picture books, mainly for pre-school and primary-aged children. The books are adapted to include braille or Moon on clear plastic sheets.