[nfbwatlk] FW: The Perfect Holiday Gift

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Tue Nov 10 23:43:11 UTC 2009

From: Dr. Fred Schroeder [mailto:outreach at nfb.org]
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 2:14 PM
To: Nightingale, Noel
Subject: The Perfect Holiday Gift


It's that time again-the holidays are quickly approaching!  This year, give the gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

Time is running out to purchase the beautiful 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, the first U.S. coin to feature readable, tactile Braille.  This unique commemorative coin symbolizes independence, opportunity, and the potential of blind individuals to make significant contributions to society when they are taught to read and write using Braille-but it is only available for purchase until December 11, 2009.

We know that Braille is vital to all blind individuals, yet today in America only 10 percent of blind children are learning to read Braille in school. This continues despite the fact that studies have shown that 85 percent of all employed blind people read Braille.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the coin will be used to support the National Federation of the Blind's "Braille Readers are Leaders" campaign, a national initiative created to double the number of blind children learning Braille by 2015, improve certification standards for teachers of Braille, and conduct innovative programs to support Braille literacy.

Go to www.braille.org<http://www.marchforindependence.org/site/R?i=to4rVqQh5MnrFbMR8ifaJg..> or www.usmint.gov<http://www.marchforindependence.org/site/R?i=m3X73eAdW_5J_6urncRGow..> or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) to give the gift of literacy today!


To learn more about the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, the Braille literacy crisis, and the Braille Readers are Leaders campaign, visit www.braille.org<http://www.marchforindependence.org/site/R?i=LnaFvEkYEHPkPKFPojWu_w..>.

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