Today is World Braille Day!
January fourth has been recognized and observed as World Braille day since the year 2019, after it got approval from the United Nations General Assembly back in 2018. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the importance of Braille and the consideration of blind and partially sighted individuals’ human rights.
Braille is a form of communication that involves a touch-sensitive system of alphabetic and numerical symbols made up of six dots. The placement of the dots determines the number, letter, symbol, or punctuation.
Braille gets its name from the inventor of the language, Louis Braille; a French educator who lost his sight at a young age and studied at France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth. He developed his system of reading through braille at age fifteen. His birthday is also January fourth; the day chosen to celebrate the system essential to the education, inclusivity, freedom of expression, communication, and accessibility of visually impaired individuals.