UN celebrates Braille day

Minister for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing Julia Farrugia Portelli said that the government will continue working so that people with disabilities will feel that they are included. The Minister said that Braille is a tool that helps people with visual impairment obtain more freedom.

Today the world celebrates the Braille communication system. The United Nations celebrated the first Braille Day on 4 January 2019.

Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that the government will continue working so that people with disabilities will feel that they are included. The Minister said that Braille is a tool that helps people with visual impairment obtain more freedom.

Braille is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired. It was created by Louis Braille, a Frenchman who lost his sight as a result of a childhood accident. In 1824, at the age of fifteen, he developed a code for the French alphabet as an improvement on night writing.

He published his system, which subsequently included musical notation, in 1829. The second revision, published in 1837, was the first binary form of writing developed in the modern era.

These characters have rectangular blocks called cells that have tiny bumps called raised dots. The number and arrangement of these dots distinguish one character from another.

The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD) has 1,633 persons registered as visually impaired.

35,000 people with disabilities living in Malta
35,000 people with disabilities living in Malta