January is National Braille Literacy Month
Braille. It’s the difference between a person who escapes to magical, fictional worlds, and a person who’s stuck with TV laugh tracks for entertainment. Imagine how important Braille is to so many people. Did you know that more than 7 million people in the US, and more than 1 million in Canada, have significant vision loss impacting their ability to perform normal activities. That’s a lot of people! Many of these people rely on Braille materials to enhance their lives, including reading a newspaper or magazine article, enjoying classic books, writing letters and taking notes, and reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Blind folks listen to audio books as well. But Braille materials and audio books offer only a small segment of what’s available to the rest of us.
This also happens to be Louis Braille’s birth month. He was revolutionary, impacting so many people’s lives positively.
Here’s a place those of you reading this blog post can go to learn more about Braille, and especially to volunteer, make a donation, or find out what’s available to the blind.
Blind people don’t need to be left out, and thanks to Louis Braille, they won’t be.