Among people with a visual impairment in the United States, employment, literacy, and independence rates are woefully low.
70% of people with a visual impairment are unemployed
60% of high school students with visual impairments drop-out (reference 1)
61% of seniors with visual impairments require assistance with activities of daily living (reference 2).
These statistics can be attributed to a number of causes. Technologies used to create tactile materials are extremely expensive and in many cases, archaic.
Braille users enjoy much higher rates of employment. Unfortunately, 99% of people with visual impairments cannot read braille.
- Yudin, M. (2013, June). The Future of Braille: NLS Braille Summit Presentations and Outcomes. Watertown, Massachusetts. Retrieved from www.loc.gov/nls/other/futureofbraille.html
- Custom Sort of SIPP Data conducted for ELIA Life Technology by the Census Bureau.