Double Tap Goes Live To Celebrate World Braille Day

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Every year blind people around the world celebrate World Braille Day on January 4th because it’s Louis Braille’s birthday, the inventor of braille!

Louis was born in 1809 in France and became blind after a childhood accident. But he quickly mastered his new way of living. When Louis was only 15 years old, he created a reading and writing system based on Charles Barbier’s night writing system. We know Louis’ system today as braille. Adjusted over time, braille is now easier to read and used worldwide.

However, in the past few decades the teaching and use of braille has declined, leading to many conversations within our community about whether or not braille has a future. But with advances in technology, and new exciting developments in braille technology being unveiled every year, we ask is technology the saviour of the code?

Join Double Tap for a special two-hour episode broadcasting live from 12 noon Eastern on the 4th January on AMI-audio featuring a panel of guests from across Canada and the wider world to discuss the future of braille, and Louis Braille’s legacy.

If you live in Canada, you can tune into the AMI-audio livestream via AMI+ or find us on your TV. You can also find AMI-audio on basic cable on the Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) of the CBC News Network. You will also be able to download the show as a podcast straight after the broadcast.

We will also be reading out your feedback during the show so keep in touch during the show, and of course the conversation will continue on Double Tap in the days and weeks to come.