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Greetings on the eve of Birth anniversary of Louis Braille and best wishes for 2018

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Good morning, Firstly, Wishing you all a very happy 2018. I would also extend warm wishes on the birth anniversary of Louis Braille; inventor of Braille Script. Louis Braille lost his eye sight in his child hood while he was playing with his father’s tools. He was inspired by the script used by Military that can be read in the dark and based on 12 raised dots. He has reduced dots to 6 and invented script that is used today be people with blindness.

Where there is so much advancement in the area of technology, it’s recommended that Braille is introduced to children at young age so that they acquire good skills of spelling etc., One can learn spellings only by means of reading or writing and not really by way of listening. But yes, Braille should be taught along with the technology. Because technology plays equally a critical role to make lives of people with disabilities independent.

In 2018, let’s hope to make digital world more accessible.

Tribute to Louis Braille on his birthday

January 4th is birth anniversary of Louis Braille. Louis was born in the year 1809.

Blinded in both eyes as a result of a childhood accident. But he has accepted his disability and adopted the the life with blindness. That attitude not only gave him a successful life but also became inspiration to the society. Perhaps, Braile happens to be the first ever accessible medium to enable people with vision impairment to read and write and Braille is only script that enable people who are deaf and blind to read write.

It’s true that today there are many technologies such as screen reading software to help visually impaired to get education and of course everyone should adopt to current technologies. That said, still it is recommended that Braille is taught to school children and encourage them to read a lot of books. As sighted people can learn to spell only when they see and read, it’s true that Braille is the only format that would help people with blindness to see and read through touch. Of course, assistive technologies do provide options for people to read by character but often children do not concentrate doing so; but with Braille, same will happen automatically.

So to conclude Braille and modern technologies are equally important and let’s pay a tribute to Louis Braille on his birth anniversary. Thanks to everyone who are celebrating this day across the world.

Braille is still relevant – a Tribute to Louis Braille

4th January is birthday of Mr. Louis Braille (1809 – 1852). He is the inventor of script Braille – a written script for people with vision impairment and those who are deaf and blind.

Though there is so much advancement in Technology, still Braille plays a key role in the lives of people with vision impairment and deaf blind. We see there are several arguments like “well, there are now computers that could replace Braille” or “audio books would be handy and there is no need of Braille” and so on… Correct, there are several alternatives but nothing could replace Braille. Here are some benefits of Braille:

  • Braille is the only form that helps anyone with visual disabilities to learn spellings; by listening to audio book, there is perhaps no way to learn spelling and using computers one has to read character by character but that wouldn’t be as pleasant as reading a physical book
  • Braille is the only medium that one can use even at noisiest places; Braille displays could be handy
  • Having headphones all the time into ears may cause health issues, again, Braille displays would be handy
  • For deaf-blind users, Braille would be the only option either for reading physical books or using computers and mobile devices
  • Practically speaking, Braille helps immensely to create awareness among mainstream world. When we demo using Refreshable Braille display, participants often get a wow experience

There are a lot of advantages than above! Lets pay a tribute to Louis Braille.