Braille Literacy Statistics in India

Vera Cotturo

Braille literacy statistics in India show that there are 15 million blind people in India, two million of whom are children. In fact, one out of every three blind people in the world lives in India. But the silver lining behind this tragic situation is that up to 80 percent of blindness is curable or preventable. One out of every three blind people in the world lives in India – an estimated 15 million blind people live in India. Every … Read More

The Classy Cyborgs – A Coach’s Journey

Lisa Andrade

My name is Lisa Andrade. I’m a coach of the Classy Cyborgs – a young team of entrepreneurs who want to make a difference within the blind community.  I am also a parent – my son is a Classy Cyborg.  It has been one year since the team first met in September 2014 to begin their FIRST LEGO League (FLL) “World Class Challenge”.  What a year it has been!  This is a story of the Classy Cyborgs’ incredible journey from … Read More

Why 90% of the Blind Can’t Read

Vera Cotturo

I did some research on the internet, and this is part of what I found. A generation ago 50 percent of blind schoolchildren used Braille, according to William M. Raeder, president of the National Braille Press in Boston. Now, he said, it’s less than 12 percent. Young blind students today are still instructed in Braille, but in the past few decades more students have been mainstreamed and no longer receive daily instruction. That is significant, because reading and writing Braille … Read More