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World Braille Day – 4 January

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We celebrate World Braille Day every year on 4 January.

What is braille?

Braille is a system of writing through which blind and partially sighted people can read printed material like books, etc.

 

Braille on an identification card

Why is this day important?

  • This day is observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Braille also makes the world more accessible for blind and partially sighted people, helping them be more independent and lead full lives.

Why was this day chosen?

4 January was chosen to be World Braille Day because it’s Louis Braille’s birthday. He is the inventor of braille.

Louis Braille

About Louis Braille

  • Louis was born in 1809 in France. He became blind after a childhood accident.
  • When he was only 15 years old, he created a reading and writing system based on Charles Barbier’s night writing system. We call the system ‘braille’.

In our world today, we find braille on objects around us – in elevators, ATMs, and more.  Let us all try our best to raise more awareness of the importance of braille.

 

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