RE: Braille as the Presumed Reading Medium for Blind Students
WHEREAS, braille is the presumed medium for blind children; and
WHEREAS, under the instituted regulations the instruction and use of Braille is no longer mandated if the IEP team cannot reach an agreement on the appropriateness of Braille and the student is not currently receiving Braille instruction; and
WHEREAS, disputes among IEP teams can last for several years, allowing school districts to withhold the instruction and use of Braille from blind students despite the statute’s clear requirement that Braille be the presumed reading medium for blind students; and
WHEREAS, nearly 90 percent of America’s blind children are not learning to read and write because they are not being taught Braille; and
WHEREAS, there is a direct correlation between the ability to read Braille and a higher educational level, a higher likelihood of employment, and a higher income level: NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in Convention assembled this 5th day of September, 2011, in the city of Tempe, Arizona, that this organization urge the Arizona Department of Education, and legislature to develop and implement regulations that specify Braille as the presumed reading medium for blind students, upholding its obligation under the law and protecting blind students’ right to literacy.