World Braille Day

World Braille Day
  • World Braille Day is observed every year on January 4 in honour of Louis Braille, the Frenchman who invented a reading and writing system for the blind and visually challenged.
World Braille Day marked on January 4, 2023. It is a day to recognize and honor the life and work of Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille system of reading and writing for blind and visually impaired people. World Braille Day is celebrated on January 4th every year.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed January 4 to be World Braille Day in November 2018 & celebrated since 2019.The UNGA chose the day for the celebration in a proclamation, which also happens to be Louis Braille’s birthday. 
In 1999, NASA’s Deep Space 1 flew past an asteroid on its way to photograph Borrelly’s Comet and named it ‘9969 Braille’ in acknowledgment of Louis Braille.
According to a World Health Organization report, visually impaired people have higher rates of poverty and endure lifetime inequality. According to reports, the issue has become more serious since the pandemic.
Braille is essential in the context of Education, freedom of expression and opinion, as well as social inclusion, as reflected in article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


Louis Braille was born on January 4th, 1809. When Louis Braille was a young child, he accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with his father’s awl, which caused him to lose his vision. He spent time at the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in France starting at the age of 10, where he developed and perfected the raised-dot system that eventually became known as Braille. Unfortunately, Braille was unable to witness the usefulness of his creation. 


Louis Braille published his braille code in 1829. It spread to other countries after his death in 1852 and is still in use today.

What is a Braille System?

Each letter of the alphabet and each number are represented by six dots in the tactile writing system known as Braille. Additionally, the dots stand for mathematical, scientific, and musical symbols. People who are blind or partially sighted can read and write using this system. They are able to read books with the visual font using Braille.

Why do we celebrate World Braille day?

  • World Braille Day is a time to celebrate the contributions of Louis Braille and to raise awareness about the importance of literacy & education for people who are blind or visually impaired. It is also a time to recognize the many advances in assistive technology that have made it easier for people with visual Impairments to access information and communicate with others. These advances include the development of braille displays, Screen readers, and other software that allows people to access computers and the internet using braille or Speech.
  • Source : TOI, Money Control , Quint

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