Posts Tagged ‘Louis Braille’

Keynote Speech by Louis Braille

Louis Braille is the keynote speaker at the 22nd annual White Cane Banquet, hosted by the Omaha Chapter NFB, Saturday, November 14th, 5:30 p.m. at the Omaha Marriott, 10220 Regency Circle. 2009 has seen many great “Louis Braille” events and this keynote speech will surely be rated tops. The Omaha Chapter has hired Louis Braille to take a look at braille literacy here in the USA. On the night of the banquet, Braille will present his findings, give his recommendations and make a pledge. Louis Braille is acted by David Decant and the script was written by Robert Leslie Newman. An MP3 file of the speech’s audio and a DVD digitized film type file will be available on the NFB Writers’ Division website: http://nfb-writers-division.nfb.org.

Blind Notre Dame grad to present braille coin before game

By Margaret Fosmoe © South Bend Tribune, Indiana — When the coin is tossed before today’s Notre Dame-Navy game, it won’t involve any ordinary coin. For the first time, a silver U.S. coin embossed with readable braille will be used. One side features an image of Louis Braille, the French inventor of the braille reading and writing system for the blind, who was born 200 years ago. The other side shows an image of a blind child reading braille, and the raised braille letters B R L — signifying Braille’s name. The bicentennial silver dollar is being delivered to campus by Marc Maurer, a 1974 University of Notre Dame graduate who is president of the National Federation of the Blind…. READ ARTICLE

CNIB celebrates Braille’s birthday

By Jeff Heuchert ©  Stratford City Gazette, Canada — They were the six dots that changed the world for the blind and visually impaired. The braille system, which allows people with vision loss to read and write using characters made up of an arrangement of one to six embossed points, was devised by Frenchman Louis Braille, who himself was blind from the age of three, in 1821. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Braille’s birth, and is an anniversary agencies around the world are commemorating throughout the year. Last Wednesday, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) marked the occasion at an open house at the United Centre in Stratford. Staff and volunteers from the CNIB’s Southwest office in London were on hand to answer questions about the many services and resources they offer, and – only fittingly – to cut a cake in celebration of Braille’s birthday. Mary Ann Marchand, a certified vision rehabilitation teacher with the CNIB, said the open house was also about raising awareness about the braille system…. READ ARTICLE

Tyler Library To Honor Creator Of Reading System For Blind

© Tyler Morning Telegraph, Texas — The Read Aloud Crowd at the Tyler Public Library will honor Louis Braille this week by reading books printed in braille, a system he created. As a special tribute to Braille, employees from the East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind will read from books printed in Braille during Read Aloud Crowd, the library’s year-round preschool reading program…. READ STORY