Release Date: 
Monday, December 17, 2018
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Comments on UN Designation of World Braille Day

Baltimore, Maryland (December 17, 2018): The National Federation of the Blind issued the following statement on today’s passage by the United Nations of a resolution designating January 4 of each year as World Braille Day:

“From the time of its invention nearly two hundred years ago, Braille has represented independence, literacy, and opportunity for blind people,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “Though its adoption was slow at first, it is now used around the world in most written languages. I personally benefit from using Braille every day and am grateful that I had the opportunity to learn it. The National Federation of the Blind knows that Braille is the key to success for blind people across the globe, and we commend the United Nations for recognizing this fact by designating January 4 – Louis Braille’s birthday – as World Braille Day.”