SLBWA hails UN Af­fir­ma­tion of World Braille Day

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly has adopted the World Blind Union's Res­o­lu­tion af­firm­ing World Braille Day, cel­e­brated ev­ery Jan­uary 4, to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of Braille to con­vert­ing the writ­ten word to tac­tile form, for the ben­e­fit of blind and par­tially sighted per­sons world­wide.

Mem­bers and part­ners of the World Blind Union, in­clud­ing the Saint Lu­cia Blind Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (SLBWA), have re­acted with ex­cite­ment upon re­ceiv­ing the news.

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of SLBWA, An­thony Avril, has de­scribed the news of the UN af­fir­ma­tion as one that is re­ceived with joy­ful cel­e­bra­tion by peo­ple liv­ing with blind­ness and vi­sion im­pair­ment in Saint Lu­cia and the Caribbean.

Avril said, “The UN ac­tion pro­vides a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the WBU's lead strug­gle to en­sure avail­abil­ity, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity of Braille read­ing and writ­ing to cit­i­zens of the world. There is no doubt that for us liv­ing with blind­ness, Braille is the panacea, in­spite of im­por­tant as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy.

"To date, it is the only medium which pro­vides di­rect phys­i­cal con­tact with the writ­ten word. In­deed, Braille is very es­sen­tial, par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren in the for­ma­tive years. To this end, the Caribbean Coun­cil for the Blind (CCB) and SLBWA call on Caribbean gov­ern­ments and min­istries of ed­u­ca­tion, to equip Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tional Needs teach­ers with Braille Lit­er­acy teach­ing skills, to em­power chil­dren in their re­mit”.

World Blind Union Pres­i­dent, Dr. Fred Schroeder noted: “This is a won­der­ful achieve­ment es­pe­cially be­cause Braille is the means of lit­er­acy for blind peo­ple. Lit­er­acy is the foun­da­tion of ed­u­ca­tion and the foun­da­tion of full in­te­gra­tion of em­ploy­ment.”

More­over, the CCB and SLBWA ap­plaud the World Blind Union for re­lent­lessly cham­pi­oning the cause of the blind. “To its credit,” says Mr. Avril, “the lat­est UN ac­tion is among sev­eral sem­i­nal achievements, which also in­clude the UN Treaty of Mar­rakesh.”

World Braille Day com­mem­o­rates the birth­day of Louis Braille. He was born in 1809 in France, be­com­ing blind af­ter a child­hood ac­ci­dent. When he was just 15 years old, he cre­ated the sys­tem known to­day as Braille.

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