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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

08th January 2013

National Braille Week will be celebrated from 4-11 January 2013 - more than 200 years after the birth of Louis Braille. And each year 4 January marks World Braille Day commemorating the birth of Louis Braille on 4 January 1809.

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

08th January 2013

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

08th January 2013

So who uses braille? Millions of blind, deafblind and visually impaired people worldwide. In a world where communication is everything, living without it would be impossible.

Braille allows people to read books, exam papers and other important documents that need to be understood to get through life and the working world. It also lets people use computers in a society where technology is used nearly everywhere we go. Even some mobile phones are fitted with braille coding!

Although helping people with braille has been a huge success, there is still lots more to be done. Braille on mobile phones is miles away from developing countries who just can’t afford enough braille books. Some facilities like bank machines and button panels on elevators still don’t have braille. These are basic tasks that should be easy to come by when you’re getting through the day.

So when the important day comes around, visually impaired people, along with their family and friends, will be taking part in events all around the globe. In the past people have celebrated by taking part in essay competitions or braille readings.

If you’re interested in finding out more about braille, visit the National Braille Week website.

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