World Braille Day

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2023 Date4 January 2023
2024 Date4 January 2024
World Braille Day

World Braille Day History

World Braille Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people. Braille is a tactile representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols that uses six dots to represent letters and numbers. It also includes musical, mathematical, and scientific symbols. It is named after its inventor Louis Braille. This day aims to encourage the full realization of human rights for blind and partially sighted people.

World Braille Day was established in 2018 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on January 4th.

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World Braille Day Facts

  • According to the CDC, about 12 million people over the age of 40 in the United States are affected by vision impairment.
  • According to Perkins School for the Blind, braille started as out as a military code called night writing. It was developed in 1819 by the French army as a tool of communication at night. During his schooling days, Louis Braille learned the code and improved it, making it more efficient and streamlined. His improvements would lead to the modern version of braille used today.
  • According to the Chicago Lighthouse, there is a special braille code for math called the Nemeth code. It was developed in 1952 by Abraham Nemeth as a tool for the blind. Individuals can use it to write math problems and solve complex equations.

World Braille Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Donate to reputable charities or organizations that help support the blind such as the American Foundation for the Blind.
  • Watch a movie depicting blindness to better your empathy and understanding for the blind. Here are our suggestions:
    Julia's Eye's (2010)
    Love and Honor (2007)
    Book of Eli (2002)
  • Explore Writing Peace, an informative manual that allows you to discover contemporary writings by introducing you to various languages. Braille is one of them featured in the manual. Learn more about its history and how it is used.

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