World Braille Day – 4th January 2021

 

World Braille Day is celebrated to raise awareness of using Braille as a means of communication along with highlighting the importance of its use for those who are visually impaired.

Braille is a system of raised dots that is read with the fingers by people who are visually impaired, it was created by a French man called Louis Braille who lost his sight after a childhood accident.

Braille uses six dot cells to represent the letters of the alphabet, with each letter having a specific pattern of dots. Below is an example of the English alphabet shown in Braille, the dark dots are the ones that are raised for the user to feel them.

The most common way of reading Braille is in printed form but many people, especially the younger generation, are now turning to technology to help them read. Screen reader software can turn text on a computer screen in to speech or it can be sent to an electronic Braille reader which has a refreshable display made from small pins that pop up in the pattern of Braille characters.

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