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October 8, 2009 For immediate release

In honour of World Sight Day, the Canada Science and Technology Museum invites visitors to its Braille exhibition

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 continue to be offered throughout 2009. The exhibition opened in May 2009 and the Museum invites visitors to experience this exhibition on World Sight Day.

Throughout 2009, the CSTM offers 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 have shaped the lives of Canadians and how Canadians have contributed to science and technology.

''This is an opportunity for us to innovate as a Museum and to reach even more Canadians in their quest for knowledge,'' says Claude Faubert, Director General and Vice President Exhibitions of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

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. The exhibition 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.

General information: call 613-991-3044.

Media Contact: Kelly Ray
613 949-5732