Series of three images featuring the blind in action ice fishing, swimming with dolphins and river rafting

What is the Braille crisis?

Only 10% of children in CA schools can read Braille.  Read this full article to learn why Braille is so important.

http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/about_us/press_releases/2010_press_releases/the_humanware_braille_literacy_award_2010

Technology used by the blind

Blind Americans use a variety of technology to navigate their everyday lives! Check out some of the cool equipment, widgets and gadgets  on this resource page.

http://www.nfb.org/nfb/Technology_Resource_List1.asp

Legal issues

Learn about this California legislation and read the task force report at the California Department of Education website.

History of NFBC-Sponsored Legislation

AB-2312
(John Dutra, Point-of-Sale machines) was recently signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Because of the installation of touchscreen point-of-sale machines, legislation was necessary to make these machines accessible once again to the blind and visually impaired population.

AB-1010(Yee)
Forgiveness loans for VI teachers. Died due to budget. Rewritten by Pavley to require publishers to issue all books on diskette to students in grades K-12 – vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger, 2004

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 195(Yee)
Recognized the need for Braille instruction and additional teachers of the visual impaired – signed by President of the Senate, Burton, and Assembly Speaker Nuñez

AB-2312(Dutra)
Provided non-visual access to point of sale machines – signed by Governor Schwarzenegger, 2004

AB-467(Dutra)
Provided non-visual access to ticket vending machines for public transportation – signed by Governor Davis, 2003

AB-2616(Lowenthal)
Provided forgiveness loans and distance learning programs for teachers of the visually impaired – vetoed by Governor Davis, 2002

AB 2525(Jackson)
Mandated non-visual access to voting machines – signed by Governor Davis, 2002

SB-105(Burton)
Created Division within the Department of Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Deaf and Hard of Hearing – signed by Governor Davis, 2002

AB-2326(Frommer)
Braille Reading Standards – signed by Governor Davis, 2002

AB-2326(Frommer)
Braille Reading Standards – signed by Governor Davis, 2002

AB 306(Frommer)
Braille Literacy – signed by Governor Davis, 2001

AB 609(Wildman)
Braille Literacy – vetoed by Governor Davis, 2000

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