Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Happy Birthday, Louis: Concluding the Celebration

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Happy Birthday, Louis: Concluding the Celebration

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It has been a wonderful year honoring Louis Braille, and I feel very privileged to have been part of the celebration. This year, JVIB featured this Louis Braille Celebration column in each issue to provide the leaders in the field of visual impairment and blindness the opportunity to express their views toward the man and the code he left behind.

We heard from teachers and teacher educators, consumers and a parent, all of whom expressed their views on the important role braille has played, both professionally and personally, in their lives, as well as in the lives of their students, colleagues, loved ones, and friends. Two individuals addressed technology and its impact on the future of braille by describing the way in which the code was expanded to accommodate the advent of computers and the Internet, as well as the development of braille-translation software and embossers, which allowed for greater access to both braille and the digital age and speeded the production and distribution of braille materials. One essay described Louis Braille as a man in the right place at the right time during the age of Enlightenment, which allowed his genius to flourish. …

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