The Barnet Group’s Disability Forum recently welcomed in the new year with open discussions on how we can support those with a visible or non-visible disability, neurodiversity and supporting their mental health wellbeing. The Group are raising awareness of what it is like to walk in others shoes and changing the perception of what disability is, emphasising that it is society that disables people.

Today is World Braille Day and below is a celebration for those who are visually impaired, partially sighted, or blind.  At The Barnet Group we want disability to be perceived in the same way as wearing a pair of glasses is!

  1. It promotes accessibility and independence for people with visual impairments: Braille, a system of raised dots read by touch, enables blind and partially sighted individuals to read and write independently. This empowers them to access information, learn, communicate, and participate in society on an equal footing. Access to Braille materials can be crucial for education, employment, healthcare, and overall quality of life.
  2. It honours Louis Braille’s legacy: World Braille Day coincides with the birthday of Louis Braille, the inventor of this revolutionary communication system. He created Braille at the young age of 15, providing a path towards literacy and autonomy for countless individuals with visual impairments.
  3. It raises awareness about ongoing challenges: Despite its profound impact, access to Braille resources and training can be limited, particularly in developing countries. World Braille Day brings attention to these challenges and advocates for increased resources, training programs, and policies that promote Braille literacy.
  4. It emphasizes the importance of inclusive communication: Beyond Braille itself, the day shines a light on the need for accessible communication formats in general. This includes audio descriptions, tactile signage, and digital accessibility features, ensuring everyone has equal access to information and communication opportunities.
  5. It celebrates the achievements of the blind and visually impaired community: World Braille Day isn’t just about highlighting challenges; it’s also about celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of people who use Braille. Their resilience, creativity, and perseverance serve as inspiration and encourage continued efforts towards an inclusive society.

World Braille Day serves as a vital reminder of the importance of accessibility for people with visual impairments. It honours Louis Braille’s groundbreaking invention, advocates for equal access to information and communication, and celebrates the achievements of the blind and visually impaired community.