World Braille Day

Celebrate World Braille Day

Annually on January 4, World Braille Day commemorates the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille.

The day recognises the contributions of Louis in helping blind and visually impaired people to read and write.

It also serves to create awareness about the challenges faced by visually impaired individuals and to encourage businesses and governments to create economic and social opportunities for the blind.

What is Braille?

Braille is a code that uses bumps and indentation on a surface to represent letters, which can be recognised by touch. Representing the alphabet letters (and numbers) in a series of 6 dots paired up in 3 rows.

Since Braille is a code, all languages and even certain subjects like mathematics, music and computer programming can be read and written in Braille.

Braille Alphabet

History of World Braille Day

Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille, was born in France on 4 January 1809.

At the age of 3, Louis became blind due to an unfortunate incident. Despite not being able to see at all, he excelled in his education and received a scholarship to France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth.

During his studies he developed a system of tactile code that could allow the blind to read and write quickly and efficiently.

Braille presented the results of his hard work to his peers for the first time in 1824, when he was just 15 years of age.

The first official World Braille Day was observed on 4 January 2019.

Take a look at the following video created by Colossal Cranium entitled Who Invented Braille, which sums everything up perfectly for the kids.

Resources & Activities

Australian Braille Authority

The Australian Braille Authority collaborates on standards and guidelines for braille and tactile graphics provision with the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities.

Braille Bug

The information, activities, and games found on Braille Bug are designed to teach children who are typically sighted about Braille. Children who are blind or visually impaired also enjoy Braille Bug web activities using adaptive technologies.