Abigail spoke about World Braille Day and the importance of increased education and awareness about braille and the people in our community who use it.
(1) That this House notes that Tuesday 4 January 2022 is World Braille Day, which marks the beginning of January as Braille Literacy Month, and raises awareness for the importance of braille and braille literacy in our society for individuals with visual impairments, severe disabilities, dual sensory loss and individuals who are totally blind.
(2) That this House notes that, according to Vision Australia:
(a) more than 60 per cent of employers do not feel confident hiring someone with low vision, which is linked to a lack of education, awareness and accessibility provisions in place;
(b) employment remains a significant challenge for people who are blind or have low vision, with only 24 per cent of people who are blind or have low vision in Australia in full-time work; and
(c) it is necessary for all levels of society to work toward providing new opportunities for people with limited sight.
(3) That this House calls on the Minister for families, communities and disability services, to commit to taking direct action to facilitate education and awareness about braille, and to implement better outcomes and opportunities for people living with disabilities.
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