World Braille Day

04-01-2014
Fingers reading Braille, Africa
© CBM/Hayduk
Mr. Komivi Ayassou (President of the Association of Persons with Disabilities in Togo) reading the World Report on Disability during the launch event of the World Report on Disability held in Lomé, Togo in November 2011

The 4th of January is World Braille Day, as it is the birthday of Louis Braille, the Frenchman who invented the code in 1821. Braille helps to provide equal opportunity for many blind people worldwide, and its use is supported throughout CBM programme work.

CBM and Braille

CBM - with its long history of working in the field of visual impairment - helps build the capacity of many programmes that use Braille in developing countries worldwide.  This can sometimes take the form of inclusive education, where Braille is an integral part of teaching materials or, alternatively, might involve supporting organisations that produce books in Braille.

More about Braille

The alphabet in German with Braille equivalent next to each letter ©CBM
Basic Braille code for German language
Braille is not a language, but a code used by blind people by which all languages may be written and read. It is read by passing the fingers over characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points.

The code was devised in 1821 by Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman, and provides access to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity, and personal security.

Braille has had an enormous effect on the lives of millions of people across 120 countries worldwide. Read more about how Braille works here.

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