Blind Home inmates remember Louis Braille on World Braille Day
Ferozepur, January 4, 2021: Today, the visually-impaired inmates of Blind Home of the city remembered Louis Braille – known as Father of Braille – to celebrate his birthday on World Braille Day.
Louis Braille, a French educator who developed a system of printing and writing, called Braille, that is extensively used by the visually-impaired, was born on January 4, 1809, at Voupvray, near Paris. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day and is known worldwide simply as Braille.
At the age of just 3, Louis Braille lost both his eyes in an accident. This resulted in the invention of the language of 6 raised dots – which is popularly known as Braille – a language of communication for visually-impaired persons. The history of Louis Braille, who invented the technique which became a mode of communication for millions of visually challenged around the world – has become a part of the syllabus in CBSE in Punjab and Braille language was declared the official language in Paris.
At a simple and impressive ceremony, floral tributes were paid to Louis Braille by the inmates and management of Blind Home, followed by distribution of sweets and tea.
Ram Khilawan, a Braille teacher said, the Braille language brought a revolution in the lives of visually impaired person and they started competing in every field. He highlighted the invention of Braille has credit for enlightening and vocationally rehabilitating visually impaired people, making them self-reliant and socially productive members of the community. He said many research studies have proven that those who are more proficient in Braille are more confident, independent and highly educated and have higher employment opportunities.
Remembering the Father of Braille, Yaqoob, an inmate, pursuing an MA in Hindi read out a chapter from the Braille book on “Impact of Covid-19 on the value of Rupee”. Adding he said, various types of equipment have been invented to promote Braille literacy but in spite of tremendous developments, legislation and opportunities, still, books of higher education are not available in Braille.
Yaqoob said, various types of equipment have been invented to promote Braille literacy but in spite of tremendous developments, legislation and opportunities, still books of higher education are not available in Braille.
Blind Home Ferozepur is presently housing 25 inmates and the management is providing them free lodging and boarding and education facilities. During the last two years, around 24 inmates have joined the government jobs in education and other departments as education teacher and music teacher