January 4: A day for the Visually Impaired

The Braille system remains one of the powerful tools for reading and writing for the disabled

Every year, on January 4, the world celebrates World Braille Day, to recognize the contributions of Louis Braille. Via a declaration in November 2018, it was approved by the United Nations General Assembly. And so, the first World Braille Day was celebrated on January 4, 2019. World Braille Day is not an official holiday, and all institutions remain open.

Braille is a language system of reading and writing that uses bumps on a flat surface to represent letters.

This touch system is used by the visually impaired. It is named after its inventor, Louis Braille. Despite losing his sight in an accident, he came up with this system at the age of 15. In 1854, Braille became the official system for the visually impaired in France. Since Braille is a code, all languages, and certain subjects can also be taught to the visually impaired.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) use this day to raise awareness about the challenges faced. NGOs organize competitions and events. They also encourage corporate institutions to create opportunities for the visually impaired. This awareness is required because billion of people with disabilities have lower access to the needs of life - education, employment, health security, and so on.

Ohio Senator, Bob Ney, said that Louis Braille created the code of raised dots for reading and writing that has his name and brings literacy, independence, and efficiency to the blind. The World Blind Union will also be taking part in this celebration.

Louis Braille's contribution in this field is unmatched and his development is highly valued. Braille is important for education, freedom of expression, and inclusivity. This is accepted in Article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Louis Braille has said that "Braille is knowledge, and knowledge is power."

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