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1998-01: Promotion of Braille Literacy

WHEREAS the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality supports Braille literacy for all blind people, but especially for blind children, and

WHEREAS the quantity and quality of Braille literacy services offered to blind children varies greatly from one part of Canada to another, and from school district to school district within each province, and

WHEREAS it is essential that uniformly high standards for Braille literacy be mandated throughout the country, now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality, in convention assembled in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, this 27th day of February, 1998, that this organization draft language and support its inclusion in the Education Acts of every province which would do the following:

  • establish standards of Braille proficiency for blind students;
  • mandate that each blind or visually impaired student will be individually assessed based on those standards and appropriate educational services be provided based on the results of that assessment;
  • require the certification of teachers of the visually impaired which includes proof of literary Braille competency;
  • require that those providing text books and other materials for use by Canadian School Districts make those materials available in a computer accessible format suitable for Braille reproduction.