Today (4 January) is World Braille Day, https://www.un.org/en/observances/braille-day.
I have been a braille user since approximately 5 years of age.
Braille is made by punching dots into paper or other materials. For example, when you next go shopping you may well come across braille on bottles of bleach or other cleaning products. In addition, many medications now have braille labels enabling people such as myself to identify them.
As a child who was unable to read print, braille was one of the main ways in which I accessed the printed word. I can still remember the first fully contracted (grade 2 braille) book I read. It was entitled The Story of Pets, and being able to access it independently of sighted assistance gave me a profound sense of achievement.
Despite the massive advances in technology (for instance the availability of text to speech on almost all titles in the…
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