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Press Release from WBU in honour of World Braille Day

Every January 4th, we celebrate World Braille Day to honour Louis Braille, and to recognize the importance of his invention; the Braille system. Louis was born in France in 1809 and lost his sight at age three as a result of an eye injury. However, Louis overcame this disability and went on to be a devoted and high-achieving student. As a student, Louis struggled with the limited modes of reading and writing available to the blind and partially sighted. These limitations to his independence as a scholar encouraged Louis to invent a new system for reading and writing for the blind. He created a simplified yet versatile coded system, using raised dots to represent numbers and letters, that we now call Braille. (To learn more about Louis Braille, click on the following link to the World Braille Foundation website: www.worldbraillefoundation.com/aboutbraille.htm

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Source: The World Blind Union
When: 12/1/2016

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