Resources - Date to celebrate - January 4 - World Braille Day

11th December 2009 at 00:00

What is it all about?

Almost 200 years ago, Louis Braille invented a simple yet sophisticated reading and writing system of six raised dots. This has changed the lives of visually impaired and blind people. As a tribute to Louis Braille, his birthday on January 4 is celebrated as Braille Day all over the world.

Classroom ideas

You could create an interactive presentation on the life of Louis Braille and the system he invented, which is used worldwide. Show pupils examples of Braille and ask them to make lists or notes on why they feel it is helpful to visually impaired people. Encourage discussion about the importance of independence and literacy to get pupils thinking about the significance of Braille and the difference it makes to people's lives.

Help, I have got no time to prepare

The TES website has lots of helpful information and resources which you can use to celebrate World Braille Day. Visit www.tes.co.ukworld-braille-day for more information.

Where do I get more information?

The Royal National Institute of Blind People has a wealth of information on Braille and visual impairments, as well as opportunities for fundraising and spreading awareness. Visit its website at www.rnib.org.uk.

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