[nfbwatlk] FW: [Nfbnet-members-list] More On Improving Access to Braille Instruction for Blind Students

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Thu May 31 15:19:18 UTC 2012

Of course, the real problem is the antediluvian attitude of TVI's like the one referred to here about blindness.

Mike Freeman
sent from my iPhone

On May 30, 2012, at 22:46, "Mary Ellen" <gabias at telus.net> wrote:

> The links to letters in this message from the NFB members list make for
> fascinating, and infuriating reading.  Nothing new, the same old attempts to
> bring on the magnifiers and confuse the issues.
> What universe do these TVI's inhabit?  Do they honestly believe that there
> exist blind children with sufficient eyesight to read print who don't learn
> how to do so?  I'm totally blind and learned the shapes of print letters so
> that I could read raised letter signs on doors and plaques.  Print is
> everywhere!  It's useful to know.  Every element in our society presses
> blind children with some residual sight to use it to the max.  Is there even
> one low vision child in the country who hasn't been routinely asked, with
> great hope and anticipation, "Can you see that?"
> Teach blind kids how to read, in Braille, and they'll learn to read print if
> they have the visual capacity.  We can point to literally hundreds of
> stories of blind adults who wish they'd been taught Braille as children.  I
> have never met a single blind adult with residual vision who has been print
> deprived.
> I'm glad Dr. Maurer answered the TVI letter with the scorn it deserved.  If
> you skimmed the message and didn't follow the links to the letters, I highly
> recommend going back and reading what Dr. Maurer said.  (Unfortunately, to
> fully understand his response, you'll have to read the drivel from the TVI.)
> I'm grateful that a growing number of teachers of blind children have
> recognized the wisdom of our position on Braille and are advocating for
> their students with commitment and skill.  Denise, when you're forced to
> deal with people whose attitudes are like the ones in that TVI letter,you
> have more fortitude than I do.
>  _____  
> From: nfbnet-members-list-bounces at nfbnet.org
> [mailto:nfbnet-members-list-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of David Andrews
> Sent: May 30, 2012 12:08 PM
> To: nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org
> Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] More On Improving Access to Braille
> Instruction for Blind Students
> We have received inquiries regarding Professor Anne Corn's draft addendum (
> <http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/pdf/duncan_letter_corn.pdf>
> http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/pdf/duncan_letter_corn.pdf) to the
> letter from twenty-six senators to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
> <http://www.nfb.org/national-federation-blind-commends-senator-murray-braill
> e-literacy-letter>
> http://www.nfb.org/national-federation-blind-commends-senator-murray-braille
> -literacy-letter 
> regarding improving access to Braille instruction for blind students. Dr.
> Maurer has sent a response to Professor Corn's addendum to Senator Patty
> Murray, who led the bipartisan group of senators in sending the original
> letter. Dr. Maurer's response can be read in its entirety online (
> <http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/pdf/murray_052512.pdf>
> http://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/pdf/murray_052512.pdf). 
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