Audio of Letter to the Editor About NFBGA State Convention and Statement about Braille Bill. To Listen to audio, please select play below.
Audio of Letter to the Editor About NFBGA State Convention and Statement about Braille Bill. To Listen to audio, please select play beow.
Louis Braille Day NFB Chatham County 2023
Past to Present: Reflections on Louis Braille Day and Its Impact
Submitted by: Jessica Mathia and Tyrone Palmer – National Federation of the Blind of Chatham County
January 5, 2023
Louis Braille was born on January 4th 1809 in France. This week on Thursday, January 5th 2023 the National Federation of the Blind of Chatham County honored the life and legacy and the creation of Braille by observing World Braille Day. This day commemorates the life of Louis Braille. Braille is credited with creating the system of raised dots which when used in a group can assist a person who is visually impaired and blind to read and write by touching with their fingertips Braille is the standard form of writing for the blind.
Today Mr. Tyrone Palmer and I went to the Bull Street Library to set up a display table in observance of World Braille Day. Mr. Palmer and I were greeted by several staff members and friends. One point that was most interesting to me was a lady who visited our table. As Mr. Palmer began to speak with her she said that due to her disability it is easier for her to listen and read audio books and Mr. Palmer said that audio books were created to make reading much easier for people. Just like audio books, Braille was created to make things easier for the blind to read. We ended the visit by giving her some information about the National Federation of the Blind.
Furthermore, everyone who passed by our table was interested in the Braille alphabet card we had sitting on the table. Despite Braille being the standard written form for the Blind and visually impaired; many people have not been taught or know how to use Braille for writing and reading.
As we think about the life and invention of Louis Braille that’s why the Braille Literacy and Education Bill and The Georgia Commission for the Blind Bill is so important because Braille allows Georgians and people who have blindness and visual impairments to get access to a good solid foundation to reading and writing at an early age. If Braille is not taught at an early age then the blind will have a very difficult time forming the building blocks for success.