The Issue: Blindness Poses Barriers to Literacy
For blind people, the only means for real literacy is to understand the Braille code, but many blind children can't learn to read or write simply because they have no access to Braille. According to data cited by the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc., 34% of America's blind students identified themselves as nonreaders, and 22% as pre-readers.
The Campaign: Reading Club Activities for Blind Children
If this Grassroots campaign raises $300, then the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Reading Pals Club can fund club materials for 20 blind children. The club serves children from birth to age 7 and their families, providing them with a packet that includes activities such as a children’s storybook with Braille, a plush reading-pal toy, and a quarterly literary activity sheet in Braille. Children also receive a personalized Braille birthday card with a tactile picture, while parents get literature about blindness and a monthly newsletter. Each additional $15 raised will fund another reading-club packet.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
National Federation of the Blind
With more than 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) supports blind people by providing resources to improve their quality of life, combating legal, economic, and social discrimination, and helping them to achieve their goals. The NFB spearheads research on blindness, promotes relevant new technology such as the digital talking newspaper, and sponsors a variety of educational and support programs for adults and children.