World Braille Day January 4th

On January 4th 1809, Louis Braille was born.  Having damaged one eye in an accident as a child, he was completely blind by the age of 5. He attended one of the first blind schools in the world where he learned of a communication system devised by Captain Barbier of the French army. This inspired Braille to come up with a system of his own- and this is the system that people use today.

You can find out more about Louis Braille and the system he created on the Royal Blind website

It is also worth having a look at Booktrust's 'What's the Story?' project: