Extend right to read through Braille books to print disabled: World Blind Union
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 05 Jan 2015

On the occasion of World Braille Day (January 4), the World Blind Union (WBU) in their message said, "We encourage everyone to contact their government to let them know the Right to Read is an important human right for all people and ask them to sign and ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled."

Established by the UN, the World Braille Day is celebrated annually on January 4th in honour of Louis Braille, the inventor of braille who was born on this day in 1809. The observance is supported by the WBU - a global organization is representing the estimated 285 million people worldwide who are blind or partially sighted.  Members of WBU consist of organizations run by blind people advocating on their own behalf, and organizations that serve the blind, in over 190 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment?

According to World Braille Foundation, for someone who is blind, braille means independence. Without literacy it is difficult for a person who is blind to be an engaged member of society. "Braille means Equality and is a building block to literacy and independence. Literacy is the key to opportunity, economic security and freedom. Yet in most developing countries blind children receive little or no education. The lack of skilled teachers and limited access to braille materials or equipment means that in many countries that at least 95 per cent of blind children do not attend school.For adults, braille skills dramatically increase opportunities for employment but basics such as braille paper or instruction are often not available," says the Foundation.

Louis Braille was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. His system remains known worldwide as braille. World Braille Day gives an opportunity to various organizations and individuals who are working for the blind to promote the Braille language and also educate others on the issue that is affecting the visually impaired.