Over 200 years ago, an innovator changed the way the visually impaired were able to learn forever. Louis Braille, who went blind at the age of 3, invented a revolutionary tool that the visually impaired use for independent literacy. This amazing system, now known as Braille, is utilized every day, all over the world. Louis’ quest for knowledge drove him to create such a system at just 15 years old. That passion and drive to learn is why today, the country is celebrating Vision Awareness Day. This day highlights those who are living with vision loss and promotes ways to help make their lives easier through education and helpful resources.
Education for the visually impaired can drastically improve their options in life. Over 70% of visually impaired people are unemployed, but with all the new technology and training, employers will be more apt to hire them. Purchasing large-print and tactile versions of text, Braille devices, electronic notetakers , global positioning systems, hands-free computing solutions, scanning systems, screen reading and screen magnification software, and video magnification devices are all quick and easy ways to help the visually impaired people in your life.
Even though there are numerous new, trendsetting technologies that can help the visually impaired with their day-to-day activities, knowledge and access to these resources are few and far between. 90% of how we learn is visual, so those who are visually impaired face a great challenge when attempting to get an adequate education. Most schools are simply not equipped with the training and the tools that they would need. This day reminds us that drastic measures need to be made to help change that.
The 1 million people in America who are legally blind are often forgotten by the rest of the country. This day helps celebrate them and their contributions to society. With just the right amount of guidance and the appropriate resources, everyone has the ability to excel and live life to the fullest. Celebrate this day by supporting the visually impaired people in your life and advocate for better resources for the visually-impaired in your community.
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