In order to celebrate World Braille day, we have compiled a list of things you should know about the event.
How is the date for World Braille Day calculated?
The date for World Braille Day is calculated by taking the year and adding 100 years, then dividing it by 256. For example, if you were born on January 4th in 2023 you would be 116 years old today.
In addition to being a great humanitarian and advocate for blind people everywhere, Louis Braille also developed a system of writing that uses only 26 letters instead of 32 or more like most other languages do today! This makes it easier for anyone who cannot see well enough to read printed text with ease – whether they’re blind or not!
What is the significance of World Braille Day?
World Braille Day is a celebration of the life and work of Louis Braille, who was born on January 4, 1809.
Braille is a system of raised dots that form words, letters and other characters. The idea was invented by Frenchman Louis Braille in his apartment in Paris on February 25th, 1829. He became blind as an adult at age seven due to an illness that left him with partial sight loss in one eye. However he continued to read using his fingers until after he turned fourteen when he learned how to read by finger spelling (touching each letter individually). After finding out about this method from his father’s friend Charles Barbier who had been taught by Nicolas-Louis Crepane et Henri Dacier; Braille decided there must be easier ways than this so devised his own method which involved rubbing wax across paper until they reached where they were needed without any erasure required!
When is international braille day celebrated?
International Braille Day is celebrated every year on January 4th. It was born out of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and its Article 19 reads: “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression; this right includes freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless frontiers”.
The date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Louis Braille (1809-1852), who invented a system for reading by touch with only one finger.
Who invented braille reading and writing system originally?
Louis Braille was a French inventor who developed the braille system, which is used to read and write in braille.
The braille alphabet was created by Louis Braille as an alternative way for blind people to read. It is based on the Latin alphabet with additional symbols representing tactile patterns of raised dots that embossed on thin metal sheets (also called “paper”). Since then, the word “braille” has come into use as a general term for all types of tactile symbols used by persons with impaired vision including those who do not have visual impairment such as deaf-blindness or other visual impairments such as low vision or color blindness.
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How many countries have signed up to A World That Reads?
When it comes to signing up, there are three groups:
- Countries that have signed up to A World That Reads. These are the countries who have officially committed themselves to using braille in their education system, or who have made a commitment to introduce braille into their health care system. Over 80 countries have signed this treaty so far and more than half of those are European Union member states (particularly France).
- Countries that have not yet signed up but plan on doing so soon after this World Braille Day. There is still time for more countries around the world—including some with large populations—to join this movement by signing onto A World That Reads before 2021 ends!
- And finally there are those who haven’t even heard about it yet but may want too see if they can do anything about it later down the line when they become aware because now everyone knows about how important these things are; people need opportunities like these so we can all learn together as equals instead of having one person take advantage over someone else just because he had more money than them at one point during his life cycle.”
Why learn braille literacy skills?
Braille literacy skills are useful for a number of reasons. If you learn braille, it will help you get a job and it will also help your job performance. A person who can read and write in braille has an advantage over someone who cannot do either task, because employers prefer employees with these skills.
Braille is also essential for people who have visual impairments or vision problems due to eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma (high pressure within the eyeball), diabetic retinopathy (damage to the retina due to high blood sugar levels), macular degeneration (loss of central vision) or other medical issues affecting eyesight.
Have you got your fingers crossed for a better world for blind and partially sighted people?
There are many reasons why learning braille is important, but one of the most important is that it can help people who are blind or partially sighted to have access to information.
Braille is a system of writing made up of raised dots on paper that are read by touch. It was invented by Louis Braille in 1821 and became widely used around the world after he published his book “The Man Who COULD NOT SEE” in France in 1857. It has been adopted as an official language in several countries including Japan, Canada and South Africa among others – but what’s even more interesting about this language is not just how useful it may be for those who cannot see but also how flexible it makes our lives as whole!
We hope that, like us, you’ve had a moment to reflect on the tremendous progress that has been made in braille literacy over the past century! From the invention of this unique language by Louis Braille himself in 1824 to its official adoption by UNESCO as an international symbol of universal literacy in 2011, braille has become a part of our daily lives. As we continue to see strides forward on every level—from community support programs for blind and partially sighted people up through colleges offering courses designed specifically for this population—we can only imagine how many more exciting possibilities lie ahead.