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.

Joe Lepper | 4th Jan 19
Image shows a person reading braille.

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.

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.

Elsewhere on Twitter the Kent Association for the Blind has published a graphic showing the braille alphabet.

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.

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