The Problem

Among people with a visual impairment in the United States, employment, literacy, and independence rates are woefully low.

As many as 60 percent of blind students are dropping out of high school, and 70 percent of blind adults are unemployed.
Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

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. 

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References

  1. 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
  2. Custom Sort of SIPP Data conducted for ELIA Life Technology by the Census Bureau.