World braille day is celebrated every year on 4 January to commemorate the birthday of Louis Braille – who is credited with inventing the braille language, which helps blind people to read as well as write.

World braille day is a relatively little known occasion, however for individuals working for the blind, it is a day of great significance.

The World Blind Union (WBU) represents approximately 285 million blind and partially sighted people in 190 member countries. They are the voice of the blind, speaking to governments and international bodies on issues concerning blindness and visual impairments in conjunction with their members.

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