The World Braille Day (WBD) on January 4 celebrates the life and achievements of Louis Braille, who invented the Braille code for the visually impaired. Braille is a code that uses bumps and indentation on a surface to represent alphabets and letters and can be recognized by touch.
It is an annual event to focus on the problems of global blindness and raise public awareness around the world about the prevention and treatment of loss of vision as well as protect the rights of the blind.
The World Blind Union (WBU) has urged the global community that blind or partially sighted are empowered to participate on an equal basis in any aspect of life they choose and make the world a better place for them. According to WBU, we need to eliminate prejudice towards the blind and disabled people by dealing with specific issues such as technology, mobility and transportation.
WBU has consultative status within the UN Agencies. World Health Organisation is of view that eighty percent of all cases of blindness can be prevented or treated; the right to sight can and must be fulfilled.
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