This term has been adopted by the blindness community in many countries as the central concept for advocating that children be taught good braille skills at an early age. Advocates equate braille literacy with literacy for sighted people and point to some critical statistics to bolster their position. In the United States, unemployment for blind and visually impaired people runs at approximately 73%. Conversely, only 26% of the blind people available for work have jobs. However, among those with good braille skills, 90% have jobs. The logic then runs that if children are taught braille literacy, their opportunities for gainful employment more than triple.
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