World Braille Day 2023: What is it

World Braille Day 2023: Louis Braille developed the Braille system by modifying Charles Barbie’s Night Write system.

World Braille Day is celebrated every year on January 4 to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people.

The day was recognised in 2019 by the United Nations and marks the birth anniversary of Louis Braille -a French educator who lost his eyesight at the age of 3 due to an accident with a sewing machine.

According to the UN, braille is a “tactile representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols using six dots to represent each letter and number,and even musical, mathematical, and scientific symbols.

The first Braille system was published in 1829 - and was adopted by the National Institute for Blind Youth.

The day is celebrated by learning Braille, promoting the work of blind or partially sighted people, and artists.