Senators, advocates want more focus on Braille instruction

In a letter sent last week to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a group of U.S. senators is calling on the Education Department to ensure that students who cannot see or who have visual impairments are taught to read and write in Braille. It is estimated that as few as 10% of such students are actually taught Braille, in part, because of a lack of teachers qualified to teach it, and also because of the perception that Braille instruction may not be necessary, say some advocates. Others, including the legislators, argue that students who cannot see and do not learn Braille may struggle academically.

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