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The Canada Science and Technology Museum recognizes the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille

May 21, 2009

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM), in collaboration with CNIB, presents an exhibition and a guided tour which will be offered throughout 2009.

''This is an opportunity for us to innovate as a Museum and to reach even more Canadians in their quest for knowledge,'' says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation.

Braille: Knowledge at your Fingertips provides an opportunity to explore devices developed in Canada to help people with vision loss live independently, and learn about the Canadians who have contributed to these innovations.

"For people with vision loss, braille equals literacy. Braille offers opportunity on many levels from finding meaningful employment to living full, productive and culturally-rich lives," says John M. Rafferty, CNIB President and CEO. "This partnership with CSTM exemplifies CNIB′s commitment to playing a leadership role in promoting braille literacy, teaching, learning and access."

Braille: Knowledge at your Fingertips introduces Louis Braille the person and braille the language, and allows visitors to compare historical and modern tools such as the last braille press used by CNIB, a folding mobility cane and an auditory digital clock.

"It is through such partnerships that Canadians discover and share knowledge about this country′s scientific and technological heritage," says Claude Faubert, CSTM Director General. "They increase our understanding and appreciation of the role that science and technology have played, and continue to play, in the transformation of Canada."

CSTM is also offering a guided tour for visitors with vision loss. This two-hour guided tour is designed to introduce people with vision loss to the Museum. The tour includes verbal descriptions and hands-on activities that demonstrate how science and technology has shaped the lives of Canadians and how Canadians have contributed to science and technology.

Sharing Canada′s rich collections of objects related to transportation, natural resources, communications, space, energy, manufacturing and industry, the Canada Science and Technology Museum helps Canadians explore the rich connections among science, technology, and culture. The Museum is open daily until Labour Day, and after September 1 Tuesday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.50; $3.50 for children (ages 4-14); $5 for students and seniors; $18 for a family (2 adults and 3 children); children under 4 are free. The Canada Science and Technology Museum is located at 1867 St. Laurent Boulevard and offers free parking on-site.

General information: Visit or call 613-991-3044.
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Media contact: Kelly Ray

For more information contact:
Kelly Ray
media and public relations officer
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Phone: 613-949-5732
Cell: 613-302-7185

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