Today marks the start of National Braille Week 2018. Braille is a system that uses raised dots to represent the letters of the print alphabet. It also includes symbols to represent punctuation, mathematics and scientific characters, music, computer notation and foreign languages.

“Since its development in France by Louis Braille in the early 19th Century, Braille has become an effective means of communication and a proven avenue for achieving and enhancing literacy for people who are blind or visually impaired.”

Taken from Royal Blind

More than 30,000 people in the UK use braille to help them communicate.

While accessible technology is becoming more and more part of peoples lives, Braille is still hugely important. The ability to read braille helps blind people be independent in so many ways every day and reduces the need for support. The RNIB has hundreds of products available for Braille users including braille board games, diaries and organisers, labelling equipment and pill dispensers and hundreds of books available to borrow through the RNIB Library

There are resources and games on the Royal Blind website. (link opens in a new window)