BVA Celebrates World Braille Day

Each year, January 4 is celebrated as World Braille Day.  

This day marks the birth of Louis Braille (1809-1852), the French inventor of the reading and writing code for the blind.

He developed the system when he was 15 years old and it was inspired by a military system of ‘Night writing’ which assisted soldiers in communicating in the dark without sound and light.

Since Louis Braille’s time, braille codes have been developed for virtually every written language in the world. Thus, countless blind people worldwide owe a huge debt to Louis Braille whose ingenuity and tenacity made it possible for future generations of people with visual impairments to communicate and receive information efficiently and independently. 

Though many people have not learned to use it, braille continues to play a key role in the lives of blind people around the world. It increases independence, enables greater access to information, and enhances quality of life generally. BVA is proud to honor World Braille Day, and recognize Louis Braille’s astonishing achievement. May Louis Braille’s legacy live on through the efforts of today’s pioneers who continue to look for means of making braille more accessible to blind people around the world who can benefit from it.