The world Braille Day is being celebrated today. The day is marked remembering the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille – for the people with visual disabilities. Louis Braille was born on 4th January 1809 in the town of Coupvray in northern France. At the age of just 3, he lost his both eyes in an accident.
This resulted into the invention of the of 6 dots- which is popularly known as braille. United Nations observes the first official World Braille Day today raising awareness on the importance of Braille for approximately 1.3 billion people living with some form of distance or near vision impairment.
World Braille Day is marked annually on January 4 after the day was proclaimed by the General Assembly last November, as a means of realising fully the human rights of visually-impaired and partially-sighted people. Around the world, 39 million people are blind, and another 253 million have some sort of vision impairment.
For them, Braille provides a tactical representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols so that blind and partially-sighted people are able to read the same books and periodicals printed as are available in standard text form.