Access for all. Started in 2019, World Braille Day serves to raise awareness of the importance of Braille as a means of communication, working toward human rights for blind and partially sighted people. According to the United Nations, “Braille is a tactile representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols using six dots to represent each letter and number, and even musical, mathematical and scientific symbols. Braille (named after its inventor in 19th century France, Louis Braille) is used by blind and partially sighted people to read the same books and periodicals as those printed in a visual font.” It is also celebrated on January 4th because that is the birthday of Louis Braille.
As a practice, Looking Glass Counseling is always working toward being more affirming and inclusive in serving others through psychotherapy. LGC welcomes and supports clients of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, and people with disabilities. Here are a few websites and ways you can support braille literacy locally and nationally:
Download, review and do page 31 exploring Braille and the “Writing Peace” initiative that teaches children (and adults) about other cultures through their language and history.
Lou Lim, LMHC, REAT is a licensed mental health counselor and registered expressive arts therapist (REAT) with a master's degree in Expressive Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. He is a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and on the committee for REAT credentialing. He has 13 years of experience in counseling and expressive therapy working with children, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and retirees.