Dorina Nowill, a Brazilian educator and advocate for the rights of the blind, honored by Google on Monday (28). In celebration of its 100th birthday, the Doodle on the search engine homepage shows an illustration with Dorina's face in front of the word Google, which is also represented in Braille. By clicking on the picture, the user is directed to a research about Dorina's life. The picture is being displayed in Brazil, both on the computer and on mobile phones, and can be shared by social networks or by email.
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Google honors Dorina Nowill's 100th birthday with Doodle in Braille Photo: Reproduction / Google
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Born in So Paulo on May 28, 1919, Dorina de Gouva Nowill was blind at 17 due to an unknown disease. Even with the condition, she was the first visually impaired student to enroll in a regular school in the city. In response to the difficulties of finding adapted books in Braille, he spent his life working for a society more responsive to the needs of the visually impaired.
In 1946, Dorina created the Foundation for the Book of the Blind in Brazil, Braile's first major publisher in the country, where she recruited volunteers to transcribe publications into the tactile writing system. She also specialized in blind education at Columbia's Teacher's College in the United States, and in 1947 she designed the Braile Library, now located at the So Paulo Cultural Center.
Dorina Nowill defended the rights of the visually impaired Photo: Divolgao / Fundación Dorina Nowill
During her life, Dorina took over the presidency of the Blind Book Foundation in Brazil, which she served for over 60 years, and was also president of the World Council for the Blind Welfare. In 1981, he addressed the UN General Assembly, participating in the International Year of the Disabled.
Dorina received several philanthropic awards and, in 1991, earned a tribute from the Foundation for the Book of the Blind in Brazil, which took its name and was renamed Dorina Nowill Foundation. To this day, the institute prints Braille editions and distributes digitally accessible audio books to schools and libraries throughout Brazil. Dorina died on August 29, 2010, at the age of 91, victim of cardiac arrest in So Paulo.
Via Google and Dorina Nowill Foundation
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