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Braille Literacy Canada affirms January 4th, 2016 as World Braille Day, to be recognized with celebrations across Canada

World Braille Day 2016 Logo (Braille Blast Off)

October 22, 2015 – Braille Literacy Canada/Littératie braille Canada, formerly the Canadian Braille Authority (CBA), will recognize World Braille Day on January 4th, 2016 by promoting activities and celebrations to coincide with events slated to take place across Canada. Braille, invented in the 1800s by a blind teacher, Louis Braille of France, is the key to literacy, education, employment and inclusion for persons who are blind. Though technologies provide those who are both blind and sighted with means of accessing information through audio and speech output, it is braille – like print – that represents true literacy.

Based on the theme “Braille Blast Off”, the events will celebrate the continued importance of braille in the 21st century, as well as the implementation of Unified English Braille (UEB). UEB eliminates variations that previously existed in the braille codes used across different subjects (such as literature and math) and across different English-speaking countries, so that braille users no longer have to learn separate codes dependent on where they are or what they are reading (with the exception of music braille, which remains its own distinct code). With the surge of new and exciting technologies and the adoption by all English-Speaking countries of a uniform braille code, access to braille and the sharing of braille materials will increase exponentially for future generations.

To mark this significant occasion, Braille Literacy Canada will launch a website listing celebrations that will take place across Canada, promote a social media campaign (#WorldBrailleDay), and provide resources for general and special educators, media outlets, libraries, corporations and braille users to participate across Canada and to learn more. Over the next few months, information about events, media coverage and celebrations – as well as downloadable materials which general education teachers can use in their classrooms – will become available. BLC encourages participation in these events from both blind and sighted Canadians alike, whether you are a long-time braille enthusiast or would like to learn more about how to incorporate braille in your classroom or business.

To see the list of upcoming events, to tell us about how you will celebrate World Braille Day, or to download material that you can use to promote World Braille Day, visit Braille Literacy Canada’s web site at http://www.brailleliteracycanada.ca and search for the "World Braille Day" link on the homepage.

For more information, please e-mail info@blc-lbc.ca, follow us on Twitter (@BrlLitCan), “like” us on Facebook, and check us out on LinkedIn!

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Media inquiries may be directed to Jen Goulden, President, Braille Literacy Canada, via e-mail to: info@blc-lbc.ca