World Braille Day - 4 January

World Braille Day is celebrated on January 4, in honor of Louis Braille, a French educator and inventor of a reading and writing system for use by people who are visually impaired.

Louis Braille was born on January 4th, 1809. World Braille Day, celebrated since 2019, is observed to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.

Braille System
The Braille system meant for visually impaired people is a way of writing things. It is named after Louis Braille who invented it. The system is used by blind people to read and write. The Braille system uses a set of raised bumps or dots that can be felt with a finger. Each set of dots is a character in an alphabet, and the numbers and some punctuation.

Louis Braille became blind at the age of three due to an accident. He wanted to develop a system to help the blind to read and write like ordinary people. In 1821, Braille learned of a communication system devised by Charles Barbier. This inspired Braille to develop his own system later. 

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