Feds Push School to Meet Braille Obligations

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Lesson Title

Feds Push School to Meet Braille Obligations

Video title, link and release date

Feds Push School to Meet Braille Obligations , June 30, 2013

Video Length

Three minutes, fifteen seconds.


In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent to schools nationwide, on June 19th, the United States Department of Education urged educators to ensure that students who are blind or visually impaired are receiving access to services in Braille.

Research has shown that student knowledge of Braille render multiple benefits, such as securing a job.

Even though Braille has been the key to literacy for this population, and has shown to provide countless benefits for students, many schools have reduced their use of Braille recently due to the introduction of new technologies.

Senator Patty Murray, along with 25 other senators wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan May 1, 2012, expressing concerns about students not receiving adequate services in Braille–an expression of the widespread worry among disability advocates that this transition to newer technologies leaves large populations behind.

Review Questions

1. What does the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1997 specify about providing Braille instruction?


2. What has been worrisome about this trend of replacing Braille instruction with newer technologies?


3. In what ways has student knowledge of Braille proven useful in the educational,vocational, and personal spheres?


Freewriting “Journal” Prompt:

What about this report do you have questions about?

What new technologies can you think of that have replaced Braille in some educational settings?

What do you want to know more about?