Charities take to social media to mark World Braille Day
World Braille Day is being staged for the first time this year to raise awareness of the importance of braille to blind and partially sighted people.
Charities across the UK are taking part in a raft of social media activity today to mark World Braille Day.
This is the first time World Braille Day (4 January) has taken place and is being staged to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people.
Charities taking part in the event on social media using the #WorldBrailleDay hashtag include the RNIB, which is offering Twitter users the chance to have their name transcribed into braille.
— RNIB (@RNIB) January 4, 2019
The RNIB is also using the event to promote its online guide on using braille. This includes information on portable and desktop electronic braille displays.
Tech innovations using braille
Recently launched braille technology includes the Orbit Reader 20 device, which was announced by the RNIB in September last year.
Another charity to take part is West Sussex based charity 4Sight Vision Support, which is using social media to promote its braille transcription service.
Did you know today is #WorldBrailleDay?
Are you an individual / business or organisation that would benefit from our transcription service? Get in touch today – https://t.co/I5BIbbyQgW pic.twitter.com/7Nh3eC6Siu
— 4Sight Vision Support (@4SightVS) January 4, 2019
Elsewhere on Twitter the Kent Association for the Blind has published a graphic showing the braille alphabet.
Today we celebrate the invention of braille, 4 January is the birthday of Louis Braille the inventor of this means of communication for visually impaired people across the world. #WorldBrailleDay pic.twitter.com/OTuHv5Hqyc
— Kent Association for the Blind (@kentblind) January 4, 2019
Braille was invented in the 19th century in France by Louis Braille and uses raised dots to represent letters, numbers as well as as mathematical and scientific symbols.