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November 2008 


CONTACT: Judith Dixon, Chairperson 
Braille Authority of North America 
PHONE: 1-202-707-0722 


BANA Helps Celebrate Louis Braille’s 200" Birthday 

January 4, 2009, will be the 200" birthday of the man who created the tactile code that has allowed 
blind people around the world to read: Louis Braille. Many organizations, schools, agencies, and 
individuals are planning special celebrations to commemorate this event and to honor Louis Braille 
and the code he created. The braille code, based on six dots that fit under the fingertips, allows 
blind people to read books and magazines, math and science materials, music, and foreign 

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) has created an area on its web site where 
announcements of special events can be posted and shared. If your organization is planning an 
event to help celebrate Braille’s birthday, visit, and click the link 
for the form provided to fill in the information about your planned event. The information will then 
be posted on BANA’s web site. 

The mission and purpose of the Braille Authority of North America are to assure literacy for tactile 
readers through the standardization of braille and/or tactile graphics. BANA promotes and 
facilitates the use, teaching and production of braille. It publishes rules, interprets and renders 
opinions pertaining to braille in all existing codes. It deals with codes now in existence or to be 
developed in the future, in collaboration with other countries using English braille. In exercising its 
function and authority, BANA considers the effects of its decisions on other existing braille codes 
and formats; the ease of production by various methods; and acceptability to readers. 

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