Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

Date: January 24, 2022

Moebius Awareness day brings awareness to the syndrome and to honor the birth date of Professor Paul Julius Moebius who first diagnosed the syndrome in 1888. Moebius Syndrome Awareness day was first recognized in 2011 by The Many Faces of Moebius.

What is Moebius Syndrome?

Moebius syndrome is a congenital facial paralysis. The primary cause is unknown and often occurs sporadically.

Signs and symptoms

  • Cleft Palate
  • Dental issues
  • Motor Delays
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Inability to form facial expressions
  • Weakness of the facial muscles
  • Dry eyes

Resources

For more information and to download a toolkit for awareness activities, go to Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day – Moebius Syndrome Foundation Moebius Syndrome Foundation

World Braille Day

Date: January 4, 2022

World Braille day is an international day sponsored by the United Nations to celebrate the importance of braille and to celebrate the birthday of Louis Braille, the creator of the braille writing system.

The first World Braille day was celebrated on January 4, 2019. The proclamation was signed November, 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809 near Paris, France while playing with his father’s tools at the age of 3, he lost his sight and at the age of 10, was sent to the Royal Institute for Blind Youth. Inspired by Charles Barbier night reading system at the age 15, Louis invented the braille system which became more widely used in 1854. The braille system was quickly adopted by other schools in France and would eventually be used worldwide.

Resources

You can find out more information on the Path to Literacy website: January 4th is World Braille Day | Paths to Literacy

Braille Activities and Resources

Braille Teaching Resources

Helpful Braille Resources You Should Know About

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