Seattle NAACP Agrees to Draft a Resolution Supporting Children's VIsion

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At its regular General Membership meeting March 24, 2014, the Seattle National Association for the Advancement of Colored People heard a presentation on children's vision care from Katie Johnson and Helen Spencer. Spencer and Johnson are working on raising awareness among educators and policy makers all across Washington State.

"This is a very important issue for our children. The King County NAACP definitely needs to support vision screening for children of color everywhere." --Judge Charles Johnson

Members of the Seattle-King County NAACP General Assembly meeting on Monday night, March 24, were very concerned to hear a report on the large numbers - nearly 25% of children in the primary grades - who have binocular vision issues that go undetected.

"If a child cannot see the print clearly, if the print seems to move as she tries to read, of course she will be discouraged," explained Katie Johnson, author of Red Flags for Primary Teachers, 27 Neurodevelopmental and Vision issues. "Many children with vision problems give up because they think they are just too stupid to learn. And it isn't so."

In 2009 the national board of the NAACP issued a Resolution on Vision, Learning, and High-Risk Populations. It called for members to and branches to educate their communities about the role of vision screening and vision therapy in reducing problems of low academic performance and juvenile delinquency.

Retired Judge Charles J. Johnson, a member of the Seattle-King County Chapter, spoke to the Seattle meeting in support of the request by Spencer and Johnson by the Seattle chapter. Judge Johnson was on the national NAACP board for almost 30 years.

The King County chapter will be working on a resolution asking Washington State and Federal policy makers to include testing for binocular problems in implementation of the State Health Care Innovation Plan and in the Affordable Care Act. They will vote on accepting this Resolution at their April meeting.

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