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World Braille Day

by Carolann Verrioli

Today is World Braille Day - a day to recognize and celebrate the life changing impact that braille has for blind and visually impaired individuals across the globe.

Braille was named after its creator Louis Braille, who developed the system when he was just 15 years old. He created braille by further developing and streamlining a military code called "night writing," which French soldiers utilized to communicate on the battlefield without speaking or using candles. Now, braille is the world’s most popular tactile reading and writing system, using combinations of raised dots to spell out letters and punctuation.

We celebrate World Braille Day on Louis Braille's birthday, January 4th.

Please join us in celebrating braille awareness this month by sharing a fun fact with a friend or family member.

Follow these links to learn more about braille:

12 things you probably don't know about braille - Perkins School for the Blind

What is World Braille Day? - Braille Works

Celebrating World Braille Day - Perkins School for the Blind 

Photo of some of the braille children's books in Goodwill Vision Enterprises' (formerly ABVI) collection! From Right: A-Z Mysteries, The White Wolf, The X'ed Out X-Ray, The Yellow Yacht.

Goodwill of the Finger Lakes is a not-for-profit organization supporting the Rochester and Syracuse area communities. Headquartered in Rochester, NY, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes along with Goodwill Vision Enterprises (formerly ABVI) have a very long and successful history of creating job opportunities and serving the community through the Good Neighbor program, 211/LIFE LINE, and our vision services. In addition, we have several Goodwill thrift store locations offering second-hand clothing for men, women, and children as well as home goods and other accessories.