The Issue: Lack of Braille Education
The American Printing House for the Blind reports that 34% of blind children living in the United States identified themselves as nonreaders and 22% as pre-readers. People who learned to read Braille as children are more likely to receive graduate degrees as adults, and are more than twice as likely to be employed than people who were taught to read print, according to a study that appeared in a 1996 issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness.
The Campaign: Distributing Braille-Learning Materials
If this Grassroots campaign raises $975, then National Federation of the Blind can fund a slate and stylus for writing, a Braille book, Braille paper, and assorted Braille materials for the 65 young people participating in the BELL program in August. Each additional $15 raised will fund materials for next year's programs. The BELL program teaches youth aged 4–12 how to read and write Braille. It runs seven hours a day for two weeks, and includes crafts, games, and field trips to sites where youth can experience Braille in action.
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.