Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Commemorative Coin to Raise Money for Braille Literacy

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Commemorative Coin to Raise Money for Braille Literacy

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Part of a larger braille literacy campaign initiated by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to encourage braille literacy among blind youth, the Louis Braille Bicentennial--Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. Up to 400,000 silver-dollar coins commemorating this bicentennial anniversary will be minted bearing Mr. Braille's likeness and featuring raised dots that spell out "Brl," the contracted braille spelling of the word Braille. A $10 surcharge will be added to each of the coins, which will be available in the marketplace in 2009. Monies from coin sales will be given to NFB for braille literacy projects. The proceeds earned from the coins will be matched dollar for dollar by NFB, which will also establish a planning committee charged with the task of determining which projects to support with the funds. In addition to projects submitted by NFB affiliates, NFB will invite other organizations serving people who are blind to submit braille literacy projects to its planning committee for possible funding. One of the projects already selected is NFB's own Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest, a national braille-reading competition that encourages students from kindergarten through 12th grade to read braille books in their free time in exchange for cash incentives. …

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