NLS Braille Summit at the Perkins School for the Blind
The NLS Braille Summit will take place June 19–21 at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. For those not able to attend, there will be a number of ways to participate through social media and more traditional channels.
The audio and video of the panel presentations will be streamed over the Internet. The web address for the live stream will be www.perkins.org/braillesummit. The conference will be streamed during the following hours:
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
11:10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21, 2013
The conference e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. This address will be monitored before and during the conference. Questions and comments received through this means will be incorporated into the discussion as time permits.
Social media for this event will be handled primarily through Twitter. Follow @BrailleSummit for information and for links to event photos posted on Twitpic. Retweeting and sharing to other social media venues is encouraged. The event hashtag is #NLSBRAILLE.
For more information contact:
Consumer Relations Officer
More about the NLS Braille Summit
The NLS Braille Summit will help determine the best ways for libraries to promote and support braille literacy. The conference will bring together librarians, braille literacy professionals, braille readers, and other stakeholders.
Braille is the only true form of literacy for people who are blind. It increases access to education, allows for fuller participation in society, and drastically increases the odds of employment. Yet studies suggest that less than 10 percent of people who are legally blind in the United States can read braille, and many children who are blind have no opportunity to learn it. As leading providers of braille reading materials, libraries are poised to play a key role in the fight to reverse this trend. NLS is committed to increasing braille literacy as part of its strategic plan.
The conference will allow participants to gather lessons learned from across America and around the world; assess the present state of braille literacy, technology, and access; and make recommendations that will shape braille programs and priorities for the future of the NLS network of cooperating libraries.
The conference will cover five major themes: Braille Readers, Library Selection and Collection Development, Braille Production, Braille Technology, and Promoting Braille Literacy and Awareness. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to expert speakers in each subject area and then engage in facilitated discussions with their peers, during which they will identify strategic issues and recommend solutions for implementation. We hope that you will join us to lend your own knowledge and experience.
See NLS Home page for registration form and conference information (http://www.loc.gov/nls/conferences/braillesummit/index.html).