Celebrating World Braille Day this Tuesday, the UN High Representative said there is no substitute for the ability to read and underscored how the system helps people with visual impairment enter the world of printed news.
This has never been more true than in the times of isolation caused by Covid-19, he wrote on his official Twitter account.
Various UN agencies detailed how they promote a disability-inclusive response to the health crisis and, among other measures, disseminate information in Braille.
For example, in Malawi, the United Nations Development Program produced more than 4,000 materials in this format with content on awareness and prevention in the face of Covid-19.
In 2019, the UN General Assembly proclaimed January 4 as World Braille Day to raise awareness of the role of that system in the full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms of blind and visually impaired people.
The system invented by Frenchman Louis Braille nearly 200 years ago is a tactile language used by people with visual impairments. Combinations of raised dots represent every letter and number, and even musical, mathematical and scientific symbols.