Help the blind read too during National Braille Literacy Month

January is National Braille Literacy Month and focuses on raising awareness of the Braille literacy crisis. This event is centered on finding more advocates for Braille literacy and fundraising efforts to bring more affordable Braille books and other resources to blind people of all ages.

Why January? Because it is the birth month of the inventor of the reading system designed for the blind, Louis Braille. At the age of three, Braille was accidentally blinded in one eye and he developed a system using a series of dots to help the blind read and write at the age of fifteen.

According to the National Braille Press, “fewer than ten percent of the 1.3 million people who are legally blind in the U.S. are Braille readers.” A more depressing number is that only one in seven blind children are being taught Braille in school. These are numbers National Braille Literacy Month is hoping to improve.

Join us in an effort to help raise awareness and bring the necessary resources to the blind in our community.

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