World Braille Day 2019

January 4, 2019
World braille day image.

Today is world Braille day. On this day in 1809, Louis Braille was born in France. Louis became blind after a childhood accident and when he was 15, he created the system we know today as Braille. 

Over the years Braille has been modified to make it easier to read and now it is used world wide. This amazing way of communication used amongst the blind and visually impaired, has enabled independence and accessibility for this community. 

List of braille letters
Braille List

World Braille day is a reminder of how important the use of Braille is and how many more places and services need to include it in their every day. I have very rarely seen a Braille menu in a restaurant, yet blind and visually impaired people should be able to choose what food they would like to eat, from the same menu as everyone else. This is just one small example, yet the more awareness raised about Braille and how it allows so many people to feel included in daily life, will hopefully make others realise how important this option should be. 

Unfortunately, Louis Braille didn’t get to see how helpful his invention became. He died in 1852, and it wasn’t until 2 years later that the school he attended as a child, began teaching it to their students.

Well done Louis 💙 happy world Braille day everyone and spread the word on how important this amazing invention is! x

Braille in use by a person
Braille in use

(Some facts on my blog post were taken from the link below, please read for more details on world Braille day.)

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