Media Advisory - CNIB and Braille200 to celebrate Braille bicentennial in Toronto

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ -

    What:  CNIB and Braille200 join organizations worldwide in marking the
           200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birth with a birthday
           celebration and open house in Toronto.

           Festivities will include:
           -  The public debut of "Merci Louis," a song composed by award-
              winning Canadian songwriter Terry Kelly.
           -  The launch of a Canadian braille textbook, the first in
              50 years.
           -  Interactive displays, games and information booths about
              braille history, production and literacy.
           -  Remarks by Euclid Herie, Chair of Braille200 and President of
              the World Braille Foundation, Jim Sanders, President & CEO of
              CNIB and Myra Rodrigues, author of Celebrating Braille: A
              Canadian Approach.
           -  Braille quilt hand-made to mark the occasion.
           -  Cutting of the CNIB Braille200 birthday cake.

           This event kicks-off a year of celebrations with activities
           planned by CNIB and Braille200.

    When:  Friday, January 16, 2009
           10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. - Birthday party and open house
           11:30 a.m. - Formal ceremony and cake cutting

    Where: The CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

    Why:   The bicentennial of Braille's birth provides an opportunity to
           celebrate the importance of braille as a building block of
           literacy, independence, employment and equality for people with
           vision loss. For 200 years braille has withstood the test of time
           and many technological advances, enabling people with vision loss
           to read and write with their fingertips. Braille is used in
           virtually every country around the world.

    Available for Interviews:
    -   Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education - MPP, Don Valley
    -   Jim Sanders - President & CEO, CNIB
    -   Euclid Herie - Chair of Braille200 and President of the World Braille
    -   Myra Rodrigues/Florence Carter/Rosie Zampese - authors of
        "Celebrating Braille: A Canadian Approach"
    -   Terry Kelly - Award-winning singer/songwriter and composer of
        "Merci Louis"

    About CNIB

    CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to
public education, research and the vision health of all Canadians. CNIB
provides the services and support necessary to enjoy a good quality of life
while living with vision loss. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: To attend the Toronto Open House or set up an
interview or tour of the CNIB Library, please contact: Norma Meneguzzi Spall,
The Results Group, O: (416) 686-9110, C: (416) 209-1216,;
or Yeena Peng, CNIB, (416) 486-2500 ext. 8355,

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