Literacy for the Blind

The large majority of individuals are able to read printed materials with their eyes. But what about the blind and visually impaired community?

Most blind and visually impaired individuals read printed materials through speech output. This includes audio books, scanned materials, or materials read through a screen reader on their computer.

About 10% of the blind community are Braille literate. There are a lot of stereotypes out there regarding Braille. Since the founding of the National Federation of the Blind in 1940, they have been advocating for Braille literacy. Since about 2010, the NFB has been educating blind youth how to read and write Braille through its BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy) Academy.

If you are interested in learning the truth about Braille literacy, please view and share the following video.

If you wish to learn more about Braille, please contact New Jersey Association to Promote the Use of Braille president Mary Jo Partyka at 609-888-5459 or

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Brian Mackey

Brian Mackey has been the proud owner of Mackey Enterprises, LLC since 2011. In addition, he volunteers his time with the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey. Within NFBNJ, he serves as affiliate treasurer and webmaster, board member of the Braille and Technology Divisions, secretary/treasurer of the At Large Chapter, and secretary of the Garden State Chapter. Brian also serves in a variety of positions within multiple NFBNJ committees.

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