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World Braille Day

on January 4, 2013

Hello Parents,

Today is World Braille Day, recognizing the code’s importance in providing equal opportunities for blind people. Today people around the world commemorate the birthday of Louis Braille, credited with inventing the Braille “language”, helping blind people read and write. However, Braille is not a language, it is a code that can be adapted to many languages so that it may be written and read.

As you can imagine, technology has also played a role in the evolution and deconstruction of Braille. Some argue that smart phones and assistive technology (such as converting text to speech) are making Braille obsolete, but more than 150 million people worldwide continue to use Braille, and its strongest argument – Literacy! Braille allows users to learn spelling, punctuation, and a sense of how text is formatted on a page; not to mention higher chances of securing a job.

As you know, you don’t have to have special needs to benefit from learning how others who do communicate. It opens up a world of possibilities and learning other languages nurtures cognitive skills that are critical for students’ academic success. Want to get your kids started on Braille? Check out these fabulous Braille alphabet blocks from Uncle Goose, and if another language is more your cup of tea, the brand makes alphabet blocks in 19 languages in addition to English.

Uncle Goose Braille & Sign Language Alphabet Blocks

Uncle Goose Braille & Sign Language Alphabet Blocks

For more information and children’s activities on learning Braille head on over to the Braille Bug Site, from the American Foundation for the Blind.

Fun Learning!
CBLC Midtown

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