Did you know that January 4th was World Braille Day? As I researched Braille Day, I learned some new, interesting facts.
- Braille is not actually a language, but a code used by blind people
- A blind Frenchman, Louis Braille, in 1821 devised this code to provide access to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity, and personal security
- Braille is the official communications code world-wide
Today, Braille is incorporated into many aspects of public life. Buildings with elevators have buttons with Braille markings, and Braille announcements and instructions are posted on walls so that people with vision impairments traveling on their own can navigate through the area. Even ATM machines now include Braille markings.
Technological devices have also been adapted to facilitate Braille users. Computers now incorporate the use of Braille through specialized displays, keyboards, and portable displays that connect to mobile phones. Alternatively, “Stand-Alone Braille Devices” are portable hardware…
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