Braille is Alive
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.
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.