The Issue: Lack of Braille Education
Today, only 12% of school-aged children with blindness are braille-literate, compared to more than 50% of such children 40 years ago, according to a report from the National Braille Press. Braille education may contribute to success throughout children's lives: Of the 26% of working-aged blind people who are employed, the majority are braille readers.
The Campaign: Distributing Braille Books to Youth
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then National Federation of the Blind of Texas can distribute 60 braille books to youth with blindness who participate in a braille Saturday school. Each additional $10 raised will provide another braille book.
During braille Saturday school, youth work with a positive blind role model and practice reading braille books. They also engage in creative activities that demonstrate how they can include braille in their everyday lives and work through a series of educational materials to improve overall literacy.
National Federation of the Blind of Texas
Affiliated with a national association that reaches more 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind of Texas supports people who are blind by providing resources to help them improve their quality of life; combat legal, economic, and social discrimination; and achieve their goals. The organization also spearheads research on blindness and promotes relevant new technology, such as the digital talking newspaper.
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