I’m a few days late but National Braille Day is celebrated on January 4th, which is Louis Braille’s birthday.  As most know, Louis Braille created Braille at a young age after going blind from accidently poking his eye out and obtaining an infection that affected his second eye.  Louis created Braille after learning a form of night writing the France military was using.

It is important to celebrate National Braille Day or at least discuss it after the fact (LOL) as it is a reminder of how important Braille is.  Braille allows those with vision loss the ability to access print and allows independence.  Louie Braille died in 1852, before he was able to see how great his invention was for future generations.

Bradford and Bryan Manning, were diagnosed with Stargardt’s  (a form of macular degeneration) at a young age.  They have since started a clothing company, “Two Blind Brothers” that profits help with finding a cure for blindness.  Something I thought was awesome, is they have Braille incorporated in all of their clothing.

Here is a clip from Ellen talking about their clothing line and how they got started.