“In the world of vision loss, the invention of
braille must be compared to the invention of the printing press – its birth was nothing short of a revolution.

Mission and Goals

Braille Literacy Canada / Littératie braille Canada was originally founded in 1990 as the Canadian Braille Authority / l’Autorité canadienne du braille. Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) promotes braille as the primary medium of literacy for those who are blind or visually impaired. All Canadians who require braille in order to access information effectively have the right to braille literacy.

To improve vital means of access to information for blind and visually impaired persons by:

  1. Encouraging and participating in research related to all aspects of braille (including but not limited to reading, writing, teaching and producing both English and French braille);
  2. Encouraging the use and development of braille technology;
  3. Encouraging the teaching and transcription of braille music in order to provide greater access to music that is available in print;
  4. Establishing, adopting and monitoring standards for the production and teaching of both English and French braille; and
  5. Encouraging the use of braille in the home, school and general community.