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Though it has only been 3 years since the General Assembly of the United Nations has proclaimed 4 January as World Braille Day, it remains a most important day, “recognizing that the full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms relies on an inclusive written promotion.” I would be remiss if I didn’t include mention of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has done much to advance the rights and the well-being of people with disabilities. They also consider “Braille essential for education, freedom of expression and opinion, access to inform and social inclusion.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), they estimate that there are around 1 billion people in the world who have near or distance vision impairment. Folks with vision impairment have a higher rate of facing poverty and experiencing disadvantage— not getting their needs met or rights fulfilled, “a lifetime of inequality, poorer health, and barriers to education and employment.” Check out this resource to learn background, stories, resources, and more!  

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