29 Apr 2009

More support sought for Braille in schools

8:54 pm on 29 April 2009

Blind people want the Government to do more to support the use of Braille in schools.

At an event to mark 200 years since the birth of Louis Braille (1809-52), leaders of the blind community said a lack of money was why so few children were fluent in the Braille reading system.

Only 5% of adults and 9% of children who are blind are able to use Braille.

They urge the Government to follow Britain, the United States and Australia and make it mandatory for documents such as bank statements to be produced in Braille, if needed.

Education Minister Anne Tolley says the Government already provides $1.7 million each year to blind and low-vision students.