FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2012
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind
Celebrates Read Across America

Encourages Blind Youth to Join in Celebration by Reading Braille Books 

Baltimore, Maryland (February 27, 2012): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for Braille literacy, will celebrate Read Across America Day on March 2, by encouraging blind youth to join in the nationwide holiday of reading.  Read Across America, created by the National Education Association in 1998, is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for youth to celebrate the joy of reading on March 2—also the birthday of renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss—by reading Dr. Seuss books.  

The NFB encourages blind youth to celebrate Read Across America Day by reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books in Braille, sharing their thoughts about the books on Facebook and Twitter, and sending to us videos of themselves reading Braille.  We will choose our favorite videos and post them on the NFB Facebook page and YouTube account!

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Read Across America is a wonderful program that promotes literacy and the joy of reading.  Braille literacy is just as critical to the success of blind children as print literacy is to sighted children.  Our celebration of Read Across America Day seeks to include blind youth and those with low vision in this great program and to encourage them to read Braille on March 2.  We hope this activity will instill in blind children and youth a love of reading Braille that will last their whole lives.”

To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind’s celebration of Read Across America, including how to access Braille versions of Dr. Seuss books for yourself or your blind child, please visit http://www.nfb.org/read-across-america.