CNIB celebrates Braille’s birthday

By Jeff Heuchert ©  Stratford City Gazette, Canada — They were the six dots that changed the world for the blind and visually impaired. The braille system, which allows people with vision loss to read and write using characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points, was devised by Frenchman Louis Braille, who himself was blind from the age of three, in 1821. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Braille’s birth, and is an anniversary agencies around the world are commemorating throughout the year. Last Wednesday, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) marked the occasion at an open house at the United Centre in Stratford. Staff and volunteers from the CNIB’s Southwest office in London were on hand to answer questions about the many services and resources they offer, and – only fittingly – to cut a cake in celebration of Braille’s birthday. Mary Ann Marchand, a certified vision rehabilitation teacher with the CNIB, said the open house was also about raising awareness about the braille system…. READ ARTICLE


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