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August 28, 2009
Dear President Obama:
I am writing to you to discuss the ways in which Braille has influenced my life. I have been blind since birth, so unlike many blind adults I was taught to read and write Braille from the beginning. Since I was a young child, I have always enjoyed reading. Braille makes it possible to read and interact with a book in the same way as sighted readers do. Unlike listening, Braille is active and engages my mind. Whether in hard copy or electronic format, Braille allows me to access notes quickly and is the most effective format to use when delivering presentations.
In short, my life would be much less fulfilling without Braille, and I am glad I was given the opportunity to learn it early. I urge you to support the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to ensure that competent instructors teach Braille to today’s blind youth so that they can benefit from Braille as I have.
John (Chip) Johnson