The emergence of language was a significant milestone in the evolution of humanity. There are dozens of languages spoken throughout the world. Still, few people know who invented them or why they have evolved, with no single person contributing to their development. But it was Louis Braille who created a language that would not only go down in history but would also be remembered as a one-of-a-kind gift to humankind for all time. But it was Louis Braille himself who created a language that would go down in history as a one-of-a-kind gift to humanity. On January 4, 2021, the birthday of Louis Braille, who gave the world’s blind the gift of Braille writing, is commemorated as World Braille Day.
Braille is regarded as a blessing to all blind people across the world. Its creator, Louis Braille or Louis Braille, was blind at his invention and accomplished this achievement at the age of 15. The backstory behind this challenging endeavor is equally fascinating.
Story of Louis Braille
Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, into a middle-class family in the French hamlet of Coupe. Father Simon Rayleigh Braille fashioned the royal horses’ saddles and gins. Lewis had to assist his father’s work at three due to a difficult financial position. At this time, a knife accidentally entered one of his eyes, causing damage to that eye. But his second eye progressively recovered. Lewis’s eyesight began to deteriorate due to a lack of adequate care. He became fully blind at the age of eight.
With the aid of the famous French priest Ballantine, Louis Braille was able to get admittance to blind schools. Lewis learned at the age of 12 that the army had developed a coding language that could read messages even in the dark. This writing, Louis thought, maybe pretty valuable for blind people. At his request, the priest made him meet Captain Charles Barber, who wrote this script. Following that, Louis began working on the script for the blind.
Louis Braille made several changes to this code language over eight years of hard effort. By 1829, he had a six-point script ready, but it had a lot of trouble becoming recognized. Academics were baffled by his Braille writing. Not only that, but this script has been gaining popularity among the blind. But Louis did not believe it would receive formal or official recognition. Not only that, but his language was still recognizable a century after his death.
How 4 January was declared as World Braille Day?
The Braille writing system is a sort of coding. It is frequently misunderstood as a language. However, a code is created using raised dots, consisting of three rows of six dots. The whole system’s code is concealed in these. This technique is currently employed in computers with rounded and elevated points, making it possible for blind persons to function technically.
The day of Louis Braille’s honor was established a year after his death, on June 20, 1952. The bones of his body, which had been buried in his hamlet for almost a century, were brought out with full state honors. The local administration and army apologized for disregarding them, wrapped them in the national flag, and played the national song to pay their respects. The ceremonies were carried out. On November 4, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared January 4 to be World Braille Day. After that, on January 4, 2019, the inaugural World Braille Day was observed.