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Braille is Alive
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The month of January is a very special time of the year at the League of Friends of the Blind as we join millions across the world in celebrating the life and immeasurable contribution of the Late Louis Braille. World Braille Day is celebrated on 4th January in commemoration of the birth of this pioneer. It affords the blindness sector an opportunity to pay tribute to Louis Braille for the ingenious script he invented that is still transforming lives today.

The magic of the six dots known as the system of Braille is the key to independence for blind and visually impaired persons. It is the means to education, employment and pleasure. Braille is one of the main reasons that blind people are literate and able to enjoy their rights enshrined in the South African constitution.

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Braille forms an integral part of the independence development services offered at the League of Friends of the Blind to children and adults. Over the past years there has been a significant decrease in the number of blind persons who are Braille literate and this raises questions around the importance and relevance of braille in a world overtaken by modern technology. In spite of this the triumph of Braille has been inevitable because of its simplicity and versatility. Ultimately, the tangible feeling provided by Braille is still very important to blind persons as human beings. Nothing beats the actual experience of holding and feeling a book, turning its pages, reading its text, and even smelling its paper and can never be replaced by any kind of assistive technology. LOFOB’s services include Braille printing of booklets, cards, pamphlets for the public.

LOFOB will be embarking on a braille awareness programme during the week of 27 - 31 January 2014 at various schools. For more information please contact  LOFOB  on (021) 705-3753.

The League of Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) was established in 1933. It is a registered welfare and fundraising organisation, and registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and Public-Benefit Organisation (PBO). LOFOB is community based and operates from the LOFOB centre in Klip Road Grassy Park. LOFOB provides a wide range of independence development services to blind and visually impaired adults and children. The three main service areas are Independence Development Services, Early Childhood Development and Wellness- Sport and Recreation.

LOFOB continues to build on our strategic partnerships to further our service offerings for the blind and partially sighted. Moving into our 78th year of service we continually strive to change what it means to be blind to ensure the independence of all blind people. LOFOB is an associate member of The World Blind Union and a member of the South African National Council for the Blind.

 

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