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Workshop "Actuality of Braille in Different Socio-Economic Settings"

  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • February 10, 2009 
  • The World Bank
  • Videoconference connections with World Bank office in Lagos and Buenos Aries Webcast:  http://vcg01.worldbank.org/vc/  or http://wbgvsivn.worldbank.org/starbak/default.jhtml  
    9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (Washington, D.C. time)
  • Venue: WB HQ  1818 H St. NW  Washington DC  Room MC 13-121
  • Workshop sponsored by: World Bank HDNSP & Education for All - Fast Track Initiative, GPDD, National Federation of the Blind

Agenda:

  • 9:30 – 9:35          Welcome from Mr. Rakesh Nangia, Director, Strategy and Operations, Human Development Network
  • 9:35  - 10:00        Mr. Fredric Schroeder “The relevance of Braille in the 21st Century”
  • 10:00 - 10:10       Mr. Harold Snider "Presentation of all range of current technologies and applications of Braille"
  • 10:10 - 10:20       Coffee break
  • 10:20 - 10:35       Ms. Charlotte McClain Nhlapo “Braille in the CRPD”
  • 10:35 - 10:50       Mrs. Jeane Obi (VC from WB office, Lagos) How Braille is used, challenges and opportunities
  • 10:50 - 11:05       Ms. Consuelo Capri European Central Bank (Phone connection from Frankfurt) “The use of Braille in the accessibility approach of the ECB”
  • 11:05 – 11:20      Mr. Mariano Godachevich, (VC from WB office, Buenos Aries) “The importance of Braille in Brazil”
  •                              (Translation provided by Mrs. Patricia Homan)
  • 11:20 - 11:50       Q&A Moderated by Ms. Maria Veronica Reina
  • 11:50 - 12:00       Wrap-up and conclusion

Background:
The 2009 is the Bicentennial of the birth of Louis Braille.  UNESCO in Paris and many other international and domestic organizations are organizing events to highlight the actuality of the Braille system for visually impaired.  Braille is still the widest used form of literacy for blind persons around the world.   

Goal:
The goal of this event at the WB is to underline the actuality of Braille in all socio-economic settings, the usability and affordability of Braille.  In fact Braille can be produced using a slate and stylus in which each dot is created from the back of the page, writing in mirror image, by hand, or it may be produced on a Braille typewriter or Perkins Brailler, or produced by a Braille embosser attached to a computer. It may also be rendered using a refreshable Braille display.

The event will focus on current use of Braille in education in Africa and Latin America, with live interventions via videoconference connections with Kampala, Montevideo and San Paulo

Expected Outcomes:
WB Task Team Leaders working on education projects will be invited to learn about Braille for the inclusion of this learning method in inclusive education projects. Also government officials in Country Offices will be invited to share the same knowledge 

RSVP  to Merced Blanquita Doroteo at Mswan@worldbank.org