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The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) invites you to participate in the NLS Braille Summit at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts on June 19−21 to help determine the best ways for libraries to promote and support braille literacy. The conference will bring together librarians, braille literacy professionals, braille readers and other stakeholders.
Braille is the only true form of literacy for people who are blind. It increases access to education, allows for fuller participation in society, and drastically increases the odds of employment. Yet studies suggest that less than 10 percent of people who are legally blind in the United States can read braille, and many children who are blind have no opportunity to learn it. As leading providers of braille reading materials, libraries are poised to play a key role in the fight to reverse this trend. NLS is committed to increasing braille literacy as part of its strategic plan.
The conference will allow participants to gather lessons learned from across America and around the world; assess the present state of braille literacy, technology, and access; and make recommendations that will shape braille programs and priorities for the future of the NLS network of cooperating libraries.
Five major themes will be discussed:
- Braille Readers
- Library Selection and Collection Development
- Braille Production
- Braille Technology
- Promoting Braille Literacy and Awareness.
Participants will have the opportunity to listen to expert speakers in each subject area and then engage in facilitated discussions with their peers, during which they will identify strategic issues and recommend solutions for implementation. We hope that you will join us to lend your own knowledge and experience.