National Braille Week

National Braille Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of Braille and other alternative formats that open up the written world to people with visual impairments.

National Braille Week is organised by the charity Royal Blind and runs this week, coinciding with World Sight Day on 11th October.  Braille is used all over the world. National Braille Week is about raising knowledge and understanding its use.

What is Braille?

Braille is the system of touch reading and writing that utilises raised dots to represent the letters of the print alphabet for persons who are blind or visually impaired. The Braille system also includes symbols to represent punctuation, mathematics and scientific characters, music, computer notation and foreign languages.

Braille is not a language. It is a code by which all languages may be written and read. Through the use of Braille, people who are blind are able to review and study the written word.

Braille is used mainly by people who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired. It is critically important to the lives of these people as the ability to read and write in Braille opens the door to literacy, intellectual freedom, equal opportunity and personal security. Teachers, parents and others who are not visually impaired ordinarily read Braille with their eyes.