Jan 3, 2020
ROCHESTER, NY - The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI), a mission of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, joins the global community of individuals who are blind or visually impaired in celebrating World Braille Day on January 4, 2020.
According to the United Nations, World Braille Day is celebrated to "raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights" for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Brailleworks says that World Braille Day serves as "a reminder of the importance of accessibility and independence for people who are blind or visually impaired. ... This day spreads awareness about braille and other accessible forms of communication."
As a mission of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes, ABVI services and programs are a perfect compliment to the reasons World Braille Day is celebrated. ABVI prepares and empowers people who are blind or visually impaired to overcome barriers to independence to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities.
Why January 4th?
January 4th is an important day in the history of Braille because it is Louis Braille's birthday. At age 15, after becoming blind in childhood, he invented the reading and writing system we know today as Braille.
To learn more about ABVI's services and programs, please visit the ABVI page on the Goodwill of the Finger Lakes website or call (585) 232-1111.