Appropriate Braille Instruction and Professional Preparation

Resolution 2014-04
 
Whereas, the use of braille constitutes true literacy for people who are blind or visually impaired; and
 
Whereas, many students receiving braille instruction in both public school and specialized school environments do not graduate as competent and independent users of braille; and
 
Whereas, many teachers of students with visual impairments are not competent to teach braille; and

Whereas, many state and local educational agencies do not offer braille training on par with literacy training for fully sighted children; and
 
Whereas, students who are blind or who have low vision are not typically included in mainstream literacy programs; and

Whereas, advances in communications and digital technology make it more important than ever that students with vision loss become fully competent in the use of multiple braille codes;
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 16th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, that this organization, through its Special Education Task Force in consultation with the Braille Revival League, develop recommendations and tools to help ACB state and special interest affiliates to more effectively advocate for proper, comprehensive, and effective braille training by schools for the blind, public school special education programs, and state and local educational agencies generally; and
 
Be it further resolved that this organization call upon standard-setting bodies, including but not limited to the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB), the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and all university programs providing training for teachers of students with visual impairments, to strengthen their working relationship with the American Council of the Blind and its Special Education Task Force, as well as ACB affiliates in each State in order to incorporate blind consumer perspectives in testing, standards and requirements for braille instruction, and for those who offer it.

Adopted.

Ray Campbell, Secretary