Saturdays with Shauna: Braille Is Evolving

Bruce, a student, reading Braille.
Bruce, a student, reading braille. Photo credit: Bruce Turner

Editor’s Note: January 4 was World Braille Day, celebrated on Louis Braille’s birthday. This piece is the fourth and last in a four part series on Braille. Find all four parts in our World Braille Day corner.

  While computers and various technologies are evolving with leaps and bounds, so is braille. Some may regard braille as cumbersome, costly to transcribe, or even obsolete. However, braille means literacy for people who are blind. From a braille slate and stylus, Perkins’ braillers, printers, and braille displays, all of the options for people who are blind are accessible to one’s fingertips. Braille is used worldwide by thousands of people who speak many different languages. Most English speaking countries have adopted the Unified English Braille (UEB) code with the United States as the last country to make the switch in 2016 (American Foundation for the Blind, 2016). 


Read more about Braille in our World Braille Day corner.