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National Braille Week 2021

In celebration of National Braille Week 2021, we will be promoting and raising awareness of the importance of Braille as a communication tool to people with visual impairments. This article is aimed to give you some insight in to the world of Braille, on what it is, its history, who uses Braille, the importance of teaching young children braille and some issues regarding the lack of accessibility of some machines and buttons panels we may use in our daily life.

Watch our video below on National Braille Week 2021:

History of Braille

Braille was invented by Louis Braille in France in the 1820’s. His code continues to be a significant part of the lives of people with visual impairments- blind and partially sighted people over the last 200 years.

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[Image Description: Painted Portrait of Louis Braille]


Who uses Braille?

Braille is mostly used by people with visual impairments, such as those who are blind, partially-sighted and deafblind.  Braille can be learnt at any age and is a very important method of communication to blind and visually impaired people, as a method of accessing literacy. Furthermore, it has the potential to promote equal opportunity and personal security.


The importance of teaching Braille to young children

Teaching braille to young children is important, it can help young children better understand concepts related to spelling, grammar and punctuation.  Modified print readers can also be used and is considered in situations where functional vision is impaired and media assessments show that a pupil may be finding it difficult to keep up with their work in school.


Accessibility awareness for Visually Impaired People

Although braille is widely used and is quite effective method of communication for visually impaired people. There is still lots more to be done, even with braille technologies on our mobile phones and computers, some machines such as bank machines, buttons panels on elevators still do not have braille.


Our Services- Contact information:

Employment Service

If you are blind or deafblind and are interested in gaining support for employment, please contact our employment service.

For more information or support relating to applying and preparing for jobs, please contact us:

  • Email- employment@bid.org.uk
  • Mobile- 07702532824

IAG Service

For more information or support relating to housing related matters, please contact our IAG Team:

  • Email: iag@bid.org.uk
  • Mobile: 07872 403785 (SMS/Text only)

Leeds Sight Loss and Hearing Service

For more information or support relating to adults living in Leeds who are visually impaired, Blind or DeafBlind, please contact us our Leeds Sight Loss and Hearing Service:

  • Email: leedsinfo@bid.org.uk
  • Mobile: 07702-940888
  • Telephone: 0113-288-5750

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Posted 18th October 2021