[Nh-north-country] How many children in America are not taught to read?
dandrews at visi.com
Fri Jul 31 15:36:12 UTC 2009
From Dr. Maurer:
Subject: [Brl-campaign] How many children in America are not taught to read?
The answer is 90 percent if the children are
blind. Most Americans are shocked to hear this
statistic. And we should be. The blind read and write using
Braille, so why is our educational system failing
to teach Braille to so many children? Why are
these children being denied the opportunities that come
with a proper education? What if you could not
read and write? Where would you be today?
There are three primary reasons for this
educational crisis: (1) there are not enough
Braille teachers; (2) some teachers of blind children have not received
enough training; and (3) many educators do not
think Braille instruction is even necessary.
To bring critically-needed attention to this
educational crisis, the United States Congress
authorized the minting of the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial
Silver Dollar with a portion of the sale of each
coin going toward a revolutionary and
comprehensive Braille literacy campaign.
Learning to read and write is fundamental to
education, which in turn is paramount to full and
equal participation in American society. This coin, the
first U.S. coin to have proper tactile Braille,
symbolizes independence, opportunity, and the
potential of blind people to make significant contributions
to society when they learn to read and write
using Braille. To learn more, read our report
The Braille Literacy Crisis in America,
or watch our video
Making Change with a Dollar.
Please purchase this unique and beautiful coin now
and help solve this educational crisis for blind children in America.
The law authorizing this 2009 silver dollar
requires that any coins not sold by midnight on
December 31, 2009, be melted down. Time is of the essencea
90 percent illiteracy rate is not acceptable and
the opportunity to purchase this coin will soon be gone.
Be part of the solution, give the gift of
literacy, and create new opportunities.
Please buy the Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar now.
Marc Maurer, President
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
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