Celebrating World Braille Day

July 14, 2023

Celebrating World Braille Day

Today, the 4th of January is ‘World Braille Day’. A day to honor Louis Braille, the inventor of the braille system.

Braille is a system of raised dots that allows people who are blind or have low vision to read and write. It has been used for more than 200 years and is now recognized as the primary means of reading and writing for people with vision loss around the world.

Born in France in 180, Louis Braille lost his sight at the age of three after an accident. Despite his disability, he excelled in his education and went on to develop the braille system at the age of 15. He based the system on a system of raised dots that was already in use, but he simplified and improved upon it.

The braille system has been a crucial tool for people with vision loss to gain access to education, employment, and independence. It has allowed them to fully participate in society and has helped to break down many of the barriers that they face.

On World Braille Day, we at Envision honor the legacy of Louis Braille and the impact that his invention has had on the lives of people with vision loss. We also recognize the ongoing efforts to improve and expand access to braille for all who need it.

Whether through technological innovations or increased support for braille literacy programs, it is important that we continue to work towards a world where everyone has the tools and resources they need to achieve their full potential.

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