World Braille Day: Pandemic Shows Importance Of Information Access For All
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By AIT Staff Writer
On Jan 5, 2022
During the pandemic, several UN agencies have been implementing good practices towards a disability-inclusive response and disseminating information in Braille
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how critical it is to ensure essential information is accessible to everyone, including people living with disabilities. On World Braille Day, observed on 4 January, UN agencies have been highlighting how they are promoting a disability-inclusive response to the crisis.
Braille is a tactile language used by blind and partially sighted people. Combinations of raised dots represent each letter and number, and even musical, mathematical and scientific symbols, so that books and periodicals can be read through touch.
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The system was invented by Frenchman Louis Braille nearly 200 years ago.
In a post on Twitter, the President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, commended Braille as a tool for freedom of expression, access to information and social inclusion.
“This has never been truer than in the times of isolation brought on by #COVID19,” he wrote.
Access for all
The World Health Organization (WHO) [...]