Future Reflections Summer 1992, Vol. 11 No. 3


From the same issue of NEWS as the previous article comes this announcement:


     Guidelines released by the Joint Organizational Effort committee (JOE), a group of organizations of and for blind persons in the United States and Canada, say that both print and Braille should be included in a visually impaired child's curriculum if parents and school administrators cannot agree on which medium is best for the student.

     JOE, which is committed to improving Braille competency, also said that if parents and administrators agree on a medium, whether Braille or print, the student should be taught that medium.

     Braille literacy has long been an issue in the blind community, but with the recent emphasis on literacy and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 that mandates accessibility for all Americans, it has once again been pushed to the forefront.

     The Joint Organizational Effort committee was instrumental in NLS's development of the National Braille Literary Competency Test. Its members include the American Foundation for the Blind, the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Blinded Veterans Association, the Canadian Council of the Blind, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the National Federation of the Blind, and NLS.