January 4th is World Braille Day—we celebrate the achievements of Louis Braille, the man who invented the Braille writing/reading system! January is also National Braille Literacy Awareness Month.
Louis Braille was not born blind. As a child, he was playing in his father's workroom, where he grabbed an awl to make holes in some leather. The awl slipped, poking Louis in the eye. His eye became infected and he lost eyesight. But Louis didn't let that stop him. Instead Louis continued through school, received an education, and met people who inspired him to create the Braille system, a system using raised dots to help people with visual impairments to read and write. While rudimentary at the beginning, it is now accepted worldwide as the most efficient way to read and write for individuals with visual impairments.
To learn about the details of Braille from letters to grammar, check out this website for more information. If you want to read a little bit more about Louis Braille, read an online biography here or here.
Colorado has incredible resources for any individuals that cannot read standard print. Check out the Colorado Talking Book Library for more information and to sign up for this amazing outreach program. Use the CTBL for Braille materials, large print materials and different audio options.
Does your child have vision loss? Learn more about how to help your child build prereading skills.
Check out some great YA books from Arapahoe Libraries that either feature characters with visual impairments or the author themselves have a visual impairment!