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January

2019

World Braille Day

Although it has always been observed as World Braille Day on 4th January, this year, it got true recognition as The United Nations has declared 4th January as International Braille Day.

Louis Braille

World Braille Day is celebrated every year on January 4th because it is Louis Braille’s birthday, the inventor of braille! Louis was born in 1809 in France. He became blind after a childhood accident, and he quickly mastered his new way of living. When he was just 15 years old, he created the system we know today as braille, based on a system of writing developed by Charles Barbier. Over the years braille was tweaked to make it easier to read, and now it’s used the world over!

While Technology is an enabler, it is still important that children with blindness use Braille at the young age. Braille enable them to read with their fingers thus they could improve spellings. Learning spellings would not be practically easy if they do not read and use only audio as medium of perceiving information. For people with deaf-blindness, Braille is the only means of using technology. What is unique about Braille is that just with 6 dots, script is available in many languages world wide. There is a lot of advancement took place in the area of Braille. There are Braille printers which has ability to print large volumes of Braille in fraction of seconds.

Spread the word about Braille and Braille literacy.

2019 Road ahead…

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2019. As always, I do hope new year brings in a lot of hope, good luck and success.

In 2019, I’m looking forward to co-host Bangalore Accessibility and Inclusive Design meet-up on every alternate month. Also, expand meet-up to at least one more place in India. Those of you would like to join hands and make this happen, do please reach out.

Next I would like to educate at least 12 (one in a month) non-profit organizations to understand the need of accessibility and how they could play a role from advocacy prospective.

Further I would like to share accessibility knowledge with at least 60 new developers to ensure they include accessibility as part of their development.

I would encourage each of you to spread accessibility love with a few people and together we could make a huge impact.

Good luck for 2019.