World Braille Day
What is World Braille Day?
World Braille Day is globally recognised to show the importance of Braille as a form of communication and as an opportunity to raise awareness of the communication experiences visually impaired people have.
It is celebrated annually on 4th January, the birthday of Louis Braille, inventor of Braille, who became blind as the result of a childhood accident. Over time Braille has been adjusted to make it easier to read and is used globally.
World Braille Day and Employment
As an employer there are many ways to raise awareness of the experiences and issues visually impaired people face daily. As an employer you can:
- Raise awareness to create understanding of the importance of Braille.
- Know your workforce. Are any of your employees visually impaired? If so, are they supported in the way they want or need?
- Review your policies and recruitment practices, are they inclusive?
- Review documentation and access to Braille resources. Could you provide these if requested?
- Promote access to your EAP or benefits platforms, if you have them, which may include free optician appointments.