World Brallie Day, celebrated since 2019, is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of Brailles as a means of communication in the full realization of the rights of the blind and visually impaired. The day is for commemorating the birthday of Louis Braille, founder of Braille Script – for people with visual impairments. Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, in the town of Coupvray in northern France.
Braille is a code that uses conjunctions and punctuation to represent letters, which can be seen by touch. Louis Braille, a Frenchman who was blinded by an accident at a very young age, was developing.
Before Braille was invented, blind people could read and write using Haüy’s system of writing Latin letters on paper or parchment. This was a complex system that required a lot of training and only allowed people to read, not write. Disappointed by this, 15-year-old Braille developed a code of Braille.
What is Braille?
Braille is a symbolic representation of the letters of the alphabet and numbers using six dots to represent the letter and number, as well as musical, mathematical, and scientific symbols. Braille (named after its 19th-century French composer, Louis Braille) is used by blind and partially sighted people to read the same books and similar publications printed in a visual font.
While there are now several different versions of Braille, Louis Braille code was organized into small rectangular blocks called dotted cells with a 3 x 2 pattern. Each cell represented a letter, number or punctuation mark.
Since Braille is a code, all languages and certain subjects such as math, music and computer program can be read and written in braille.
Celebration of World Braille Day
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world use the day to raise awareness of the challenges facing the visually impaired and to encourage business and government to create economic and social opportunities for the visually impaired.
NGOs and organizations for the disabled host competitions and outreach events. Teachers in schools teach about the history of braille to their students.