- 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.
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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