Sunday the 4th of January 2015 is World Braille Day.


This is very near to my heart since my brother is blind.

World Braille Day celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the reading and writing system used by millions of blind and partially sighted people all over the globe. Though not a public holiday in any country, World Braille Day provides an opportunity for teachers, charities and non-government organizations to raise awareness about issues facing the blind and the importance of continuing to produce works in Braille, providing the blind with access to the same reading and learning opportunities as the sighted.

The braille system works by representing the alphabet letters (and numbers) in a series of 6 dots paired up in 3 rows. The simplicity of Louis Braille idea allowed books to start being produced on a large scale in a format that thousands of blind people can read by running their fingertips over the dots. Thanks to this, blind students have the opportunity to be educated alongside their peers as well as read for pleasure just as easily as any seeing person can.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. theoldfellowgoesrunning
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 20:41:29

    Thank you for sharing this, and for raising awareness.

    I had a blind friend who passed away a few years ago. Loved how braille gave so back to his life.

    Much respect,



  2. purpleborough
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 20:48:15

    It is my opinion that we all should be taught Braille because we never know when we, too, might become blind. Thank you for the information.


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