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Reading and Writing Aids: New York Point Lettering

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      Artifact #33

      New York Point Example

      Artifact Description:

      William Bell Wait, the inventor of New York Point, started teaching at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind at the age of 20 in 1859, and later was the principal until 1905.  After much experimentation, he devised the New York Point System with 26 capitals, 26 small letters, numerals, punctuation marks and short forms for diphthongs, triphthongs, and syllables and for words and parts of words in common use.  Wait applied the New York Point principles to adapt them for use in over 20 languages, created a form of New York Point for musical notation, and invented a number of devices to better type and print embossed material for th visually impaired.  Because of his inventions, he was awarded the John Scott Medal, inscribed "To the Most Deserving" in 1900 from the Institute of Philadelphia.  He was one of the founders of the American Association of Instructors for the Blind and took a leading part in its affairs for about 40 years.  He was also one of a five-member committee who secured an annual grant of $10,000 from the Congress of the United States for publication of embossed books for the blind. 

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