An eye to independence

Today is World Braille Day, an international day of recognition for the tactile alphabetic and numerical representation system created by Louis Braille. Born on this day in 1809, Braille became blind after a childhood accident. Some 170 years after his death, the system he invented still provides exponential value to those individuals who are blind and visually impaired. 

On World Braille Day organizations like Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) are working to bring awareness to the importance of accessibility and independence for people living with visual impairments. Since first opening their doors in 1981, WILC has maintained a steady presence in the surrounding community, securing its place as one of the premiere living centers for people living with disabilities in Westchester County.  

“Everyone deserves and is legally entitled to the same accommodations and services, regardless of their physical capabilities,” Joe Bravo, executive director of WILC, said in a statement. “Join us as we celebrate World Braille Day on Monday, continuing to do our part for the community by making living facilities more accessible for everyone.”

For more, visit wilc.org.

– Georgette Gouveia

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