National Braille Week aims to raise awareness of Braille and other alternative forms for blind and partially sighted people. It takes place annually during the second Thursday in October, the week that World Sight Day falls.
National Braille Week celebrates the tactile Braille system for reading and writing that provides literacy and opportunity to visually impaired and blind people across the world.
Over the centuries Braille has had an enormous effect on the lives of millions of people across 120 countries worldwide. It is not a language but a code by which all languages may be written and read. It is an extremely important gateway to opportunity for the UK's blind and partially sighted people, enabling them to be more independent.
Royal Blind has celebrated National Braille with a variety of activities including our National Braille Week Exhibition in October 2013 which featured historic Braille equipment as well as old and new photos of the Scottish Braille Press and Royal Blind, and was held in the Royal Blind School’s Craigmillar Campus. Former Royal Blind School pupil and Paralympic athlete Libby Clegg joined us at the event and spoke about her experience of using alternative formats.
Visit www.nationalbrailleweek.org to see a special online exhibition from Royal Blind, showcasing the many ways Braille is used, as well as the use of other alternative formats including audio and large print.
We would love to hear from individuals, schools and community groups who would like to get involved in National Braille Week by organising your own event. Please get in touch!
We also have opportunities for volunteers to work in our office in the run up to National Braille Week, helping with a variety of activities. Find out more about how you can volunteer for Royal Blind by contacting our fundraising team on 0131 229 1456.
Please complete the form below if you would like to get involved in National Braille Week.