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Happy Birthday to Louis Braille!

Posted by Harald van Breederode on January 4, 2009

Today is the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille. It goes without saying that Braille plays an very important role in my life and I am happy that I took the effort to learn it even though many people said that it would be almost impossible for me as an adult to do so. I became blind at age 40 and it took a while before I realized how important Braille actually is. Without it I would certainly have lost the notion of layout and it would almost be impossible to perform any serious programming work. I use Braille mostly on my laptop where I use a Braille display to feel what you can see, but I use it also in my daily life to identify any medicine I might have to take for example.

You can listen to this BBC World Service "The Story of Braille" documentary, or visit the Dutch Louis Braille anniversary website for more information about this important anniversary.


2 Responses to “Happy Birthday to Louis Braille!”

  1. David Kurtz said

    Thank you for pointing me to an excellent documentary on the World Service. Peter White is a versatile presenter, doing a lot more that the ‘In Touch’ programme on BBC Radio 4. However, it was very interesting to listen to him talking also from his own personal experience (which he doesn’t do often – even when discussing visual disability).

    There is an interesting article about efforts to modernise and protect the future of the Royal Blind’s Scottish Braille Press on

  2. Matt Penny said

    It was a fine documentary.

    Regarding the presenter Peter White, coincidentally I was listening to a phone in programme on Radio 5 last night about books. One of the listeners rang in to recommend his autobiography.

    I have enjoyed listening to him for many years – he used to present on local radio where I live.

    I thought the listener said she had listened to a CD although I can only find cassettes on Amazon at See it My Way: Complete & Unabridged: Peter White: Books

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