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World Braille Day observed on 4 January

Jan 4, 2014 11:00 IST

World Braille Day is absorbed across the world on 4 January. It is observed every year on 4 January to commemorate the birthday of Louis Braille.

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Louis Braille, who was born in France in January 1809, is credited for inventing the Braille script. The script helps the visually impaired people to read as well as write. Braille became blind after an accident at the age of three. He created a language based on the patterns of raised dots on paper, which could be felt and one can read anything that is unable to see. He did this to have an access to works of literature.

On this day NGOs, as well as other organizations come together to raise awareness about the apathy towards visually impaired people and to help them be equal with the rest of the people. The day also helps people to feel the importance to produce works in the Braille language to allow blinds to read the works.

Braille is a code language, which uses bumps and identification on a surface that represents alphabets and as a whole letters, which can be recognized by the touch. This is a complicated language, which allows a blind person to read. The code being a language allows someone to prepare subjects like music, mathematics and computer programming that can be read.


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