[nfb-talk] Letter From Marc Maurer:
kenneth.chrane at verizon.net
Tue Sep 15 20:44:36 UTC 2009
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
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
are taught 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 essence--a 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. Create
new opportunities. Buy the Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver
Marc Maurer, President
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
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