Learn about the history, significance, and focus of the 2023 World Braille Day.

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World Braille Day 2023: Louis Braille’s lasting legacy

Every year on January 4, people throughout the world celebrate World Braille Day in honor of Louis Braille, a Frenchman who created a reading and writing system for those who are blind or have visual impairments.

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The fourth of January is World Braille Day.
Every year on January 4, people throughout the world celebrate World Braille Day in honor of Louis Braille, a Frenchman who created a reading and writing system for those who are blind or have visual impairments. A written language that employs raised dots as characters is known as the braille code after Louis Braille. Blind and visually impaired people all over the world may read and write on their own thanks to this tactile method. Today, people still use Braille’s invention of the braille system. World Braille Day is observed on the anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth.

Louis Braille was who?

On January 4, 1809, a little French town called Coupvray welcomed Louis Braille into the world. His father Simon-René worked as a saddler and leatherworker. Louis Braille, who was just three years old at the time, hurt his eye while playing in his father’s workshop. The damage caused him to start losing his vision. When he was five years old, he was totally blind recognizing the significance of six dots
To commemorate the birth of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille, World Braille Day is celebrated on January 4. With the use of braille, those who are blind may read a series of 6 dots arranged in 3 rows. The sole school in Goa where one can study braille is the National Association of the Blind in St Cruz.

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The creation of the reading and writing system that is used by millions of blind and partially sighted people worldwide is commemorated on World Braille Day. Louis Braille was born on this day. On January 4, there is a global holiday called World Braille Day to recognize the contribution braille has made to the full realization of the rights of the blind and visually impaired. The first World Braille Day was observed on January 4, 2019, and the date was determined by the UN General Assembly through a proclamation in November 2018 On January 4, 1809, Louis Braille, the man who created braille, was born in France. Braille, who was accidentally blinded in both eyes as a kid, overcame his handicap when still a little child. He was completely blind, but he excelled in school and was awarded a scholarship at France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth. During his studies, he created a tactile coding system that may help the blind read and write fast and effectively. He was influenced by Charles Barbier’s military encryption used by the French Army. He wrote his first book, Method of Writing Words, Music, and Plain Songs by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged, on the system he had developed in 1829.

The braille system works by pairing up six dots in three rows to represent the alphabetic letters and numbers. His concept was straightforward, which made it possible to create books in enormous quantities in a format that thousands of blind people can read by tracing their fingertips over the dots. Interesting: Sanskriti Dawle, Aman Srivastava, Saif Shaikh, and Dilip Ramesh are graduates of BITS Pilani Goa Campus and the creators of “Annie,” the world’s first self-learning tool for visually impaired children. A BITS Pilani business called Thinkerbell Labs has earned Rs 1.05 crore on Sharktank India by using technology to help blind children learn their curriculum in Braille. Annie, a proprietary tool from the startup, supports students’ literacy and typing skills braille, which makes it simpler for students to complete homework and write exams. 

“I received my training in braille at the National Association for the Blind from the late Leena Prabhu, a senior teacher at the Goa State Branch of the National Association for the Blind, who died away in November. Josephine D’Souza, who is still instructing kids at NAB, also taught me. I spent five years teaching computers at the NAB,” says Mahadev Sawant. We are currently striving to provide all the amenities to people traveling to Goa for Access India. On January 5 from 10 am to 5 pm, the Access India Convention will take place at Clube Tennis de Gaspar Dias, Miramar. 35 speakers from throughout India will address various issues related to technology, education, and questions about blindness. We already have On the day of the event, we anticipate having many more attendees after receiving 75 from Goa, according to Mahadev. The community-driven project Access India equips its members with knowledge, suggestions, organizes, and gives directions for all matters involving the disabled According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, there are 285 million blind persons in the world. However, less than 1% of people are literate in Braille in India, and the rate is appalling worldwide. The majority of the world’s visually handicapped individuals reside in India.

The sole school in Goa offering Braille instruction is NAB, where Jospehine D’Souza teaches it. She was living in Gujarat with her brother and came back to Goa when he was sent here. When she was 35 years old, she went blind and contacted Leena Prabhu at NAB to learn braille. “I’m from Margao, and I wasn’t used to using a cane to get around. In order for my brother and I go visit NAB, I asked him to take a day off work. When I went to NAB, the late Leena used six garden pebbles to illustrate the braille system. She assured me that she could instruct me remotely and that I could reach her at any moment for more information. She also advised me to enroll in a recovery program in Mumbai. which I did and then continued to Pune to do a computer degree. I had braille classes in A, which is the fundamentals, and B, which is a little more advanced and has different signs for words. “I have been teaching braille at NAB for the past 12 years, and I now consider it my home,” explains Josephine Children as young as six years old can learn braille, according to Josephine. “It depends on the students’ ages and tactile sensitivity. The dots are small and closely spaced. We begin by demonstrating to them how to feel the raised lines and dots. Some students enroll when they are older, but they must start from scratch. The alphabets are formed by the placement of the six dots in two columns and three rows, which serves as the language’s foundation.

Do the kids appear interested in studying braille? Some people are enthusiastic, but some people who are partially blind will still carry the book and read very closely to it. One parent asked me to instruct their son on braille reading while they were on the road. He was thrilled to announce to the class that he could read the braille on his railway seat when he returned. We no longer need to manually type on the computer thanks to the braille embosser. We simply need to issue a command to emboss because the script has been unified into English braille. I recently prepared flyers for the Purple Fest and printed 50 copies in braille for those who want to read the complete festival schedule, At the age of three, an incident involving a stitching awl in his father’s harness-making shop left Braille blind in one eye. As a result, an infection developed, spread to both eyes, and caused complete blindness. [1] He succeeded in school despite the limited facilities available at the time for the blind and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Institute for Blind Youth in France. He started working on a tactile coding system there while he was still a student so that blind people could read and write fast and effectively. Charles Barbier’s technique served as the basis for Braille’s new system, which was more portable and well suited for a variety of applications, including music. He displayed his work.

In 1824, at the age of fifteen, he was introduced to his classmates for the first time. In his latter years, Braille taught at the Institute and pursued music as a hobby, but he devoted the most of his time to improving and expanding his method. For many years following his passing, the majority of educators ignored it, but braille has since come to be regarded as a ground-breaking invention and has been translated into numerous languages On January 4, 1809, Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, a tiny village 20 miles east of Paris. He and his three older siblings, Louis-Simon (1795), Marie Céline (1797), and Monique Catherine (1793), resided with their parents Simon-René and Monique on a three-hectare farm with a vineyard. Simon-René was a successful leatherworker and manufacturer of horse equipment.  Braille enjoyed playing at his father’s shop as soon as he could walk. Three-year-old child was tinkering with some of the equipment, using an awl to try to pierce a piece of leather. He pressed down firmly to drive the point in while intently scrutinizing the surface.

Despite surviving the pain of the infection, Louis Braille was totally blind in both eyes by the time he was five years old. Due to his youth, Braille initially had no idea that he had lost his vision. He frequently questioned why it was always dark. He thrived in their care as a result of his parents’ numerous efforts to raise their youngest child in a manner that was typical for the time. He grew up seemingly accepting of his impairment as he learnt to use canes his father hewed for him to navigate the hamlet and rural pathways. Local teachers and priests were pleased by Braille’s sharp mind and creativity, and they helped him get a better education.

Blindness education
Up until the age of ten, Braille attended Coupvray. Braille was granted admission to the Royal Institute for Blind Youth, now known as the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris, one of the first institutions in the world for blind children, because of his brilliance and perseverance. Braille left for school in February 1819, being the last member of his family to do so.  The Royal Institute at the time was a scruffy, underfunded operation, but it gave blind kids a somewhat steady atmosphere in which to learn and socialize.

a Braille statue made of stone with an audio memorial plaque
Memorial to Braille in the Pantheon Two years after Braille’s passing, the Institute eventually implemented his technique in 1854 due to the tremendous demand of the blind students. The method quickly took hold in the French-speaking world, but it took longer to extend elsewhere. However, Dr. Thomas Rhodes Armitage had already taken up the cause of braille by the time of the first all-European conference of blind educators in 1873, and subsequently its adoption on a global scale grew quickly. There is currently probably not a single institution in the developed world that does not utilize braille, with the exception of a few in North America, according to Dr. Armitage’s study from 1882.  At some point, even these holdouts Inventions like braille computer terminals, the Robo Braille email delivery service, and Nemeth Braille, a comprehensive system for mathematical and scientific notation, are just a few of the new braille technological advancements that are constantly emerging. Nearly 200 years after it was created, braille is still a useful and effective method. [39]tributes and honors
T.S. Eliot wrote about Louis Braille’s enormous personal legacy in an essay from 1952.The honor we give Louis Braille by naming the script he created and, in our nation [England], adapting the sound of his name to our own language may be the greatest permanent tribute to his memory. When we use the word braille, we honor Braille. In this sense, his memory is more secure than that In culture today
Braille retains a special place as a hero for children because of his accomplishments as a young kid, and he has been the focus of several works of children’s literature.
 The French TV film Une lumière dans la nuit (2008), which was dubbed into English as The Secret of Braille, the American TV special Young Heroes: Louis Braille (2010), and the dramatic play Braille: The Early Life of Louis Braille by Lola and Coleman Jennings from 1989 are among the other works of art that feature Braille  The song Merci, Louis, written by Halifax musician and Canadian Braille Literacy Foundation chair Terry Kelly, is based on the biography of Braille. Louis Braille’s life story is told the musical Tin he Braille Legacy.