Dates of National Braille Week are Changing

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Press Release | 27/09/2013

The dates of National Braille Week are changing. The celebration of the use of Braille and other alternative formats for blind and visually impaired people will now take place during the week that World Sight Day falls, from 7-13 October 2013.

National Braille Week, which is run by the charity Royal Blind,celebrates the tactile Braille system for reading and writing, which provides literacy, opportunity and independence to visually impaired and blind people all over the world.  The dates are being changed from 4th-10th January to enable more people to get involved.

This year to celebrate National Braille Week Royal Blind is organising an exhibition on the history of Braille and the Scottish Braille Press at the iconic Royal Blind School in Edinburgh on 10th October. The exhibition will also be featured online at www.nationalbrailleweek.org

In previous years National Braille Week has seen a host of celebrity support including Stephen Fry, Susan Boyle, Michael Ball and Ian Rankin. Exhibitions have been created by blind artists, books have been transcribed into Braille and a Braille app was made.

This year National Braille Week is being supported by former Royal Blind School pupil andLondon 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist Libby Clegg, who has just been selected to compete in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Davina Shiell, Marketing Manager at Royal Blind said:

“National Braille Week aims to raise awareness of Braille and other alternative formats.  With the use of Braille, blind and visually impaired people are able to learn spelling, punctuation and paragraphing, allowing them to read books, exam papers and other important documents that need to be understood to get through life and the working world. These days, many blind and visually impaired people use large print and audio formats as well.

“We hope that many people will be able to join us in celebrating National Braille Week this year by organising their own activities, coming along to our exhibition or viewing it online.”

Places for the exhibition at the Royal Blind School on 10 October can be booked at bit.ly/NBW2013

 


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