|National Organizations & Support Groups
These groups offer a wide range of resources and services to families and persons with a variety of vision disorders.
1st Touch Foundation:
501 Gibson Drive, Suite #414, Roseville, CA 95678
The 1st Touch Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding the approximate 3000 patients in the United States with Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Our effort is called Project 3000, and it is the ambitious plan to identify and provide genetic testing for every LCA patient in the nation. We raise awareness at a variety of events throughout the country. The eventual goal is to further scientific understanding of LCA and advance the prospects for treatment and ultimately a cure. We provide genetic testing to every LCA patient regardless of their ability to pay. For those families and patients who lack health insurance, philanthropic donations are used to reduce the cost of testing. We also provide updates on new LCA related findings as the information becomes available.
American Council of the Blind (ACB):
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201
202-467-5081 or toll free 800-424-8666
The ACB is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. It was founded in 1961 and incorporated in the District of Columbia.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001
The AFB is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. In addition, AFB's web site serves as a gateway to a wealth of vision loss information and services. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the over forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online.
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER):
1703 N. Beauregard Street, Suite 440, Alexandria, VA 22311
toll free 877-492-2708 local 703-671-4500
The mission of AER is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.
The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608
Private rehabilitation and education agency that serves children and adults who are blind, visually impaired and/or multi-disabled.
DIR Support Services For Developmental and Learning Challenges
4827 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
An integrated approach to developmental, learning, and emotional challenges, healthy development and natural strengths.
A website for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments. FamilyConnect is a web site created by AFB and NAPVI to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and find resources on raising their children from birth.
Family Voices/Family-to-Family Health Information Centers
Foundation Fighting Blindness:
The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
Foundation Fighting Blindness - Canada
890 Yonge Street, 12th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4W 3P4
Canada's largest non-profit funder of research in the causes of treatments and cures of retinal degeneration including retinis pigmentosa and age related macular degeneration. Our mission is to restore the gift of sight. We believe the cures are in sight! We promote educational awareness.
Hadley School for the Blind:
700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093
Offers more than 90 tuition-free distance education courses to blind or visually impaired individuals, their families and professionals working in the blindness field.
The Jewish Guild for the Blind - National Telephone Support Network:
15 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
The Network offers professionally facilitated telephone support groups, at no cost, to parents of children who are visually impaired.
To register for the Leber Congenital Amurosis Group, call toll-free 800-915-0306
Junior Blind of America:
5300 Angeles Vista Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90043
323-295-4555 or 800-352-2290
Helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence.
Blog for Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), related blindness and retinal research. Information on new genetic research and newly discovered genes.
A listserve for everyone interested n sharing and sourcing information related to LCA
is dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment & empowerment.
111 East 59th Street, NY, NY 10022 (212) 821-9200 / (800) 829-0500
PO Box 317, Watertown, MA 02471
National Association for Visually Handicapped (NAVH)
22 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010
We provide vision-enhancing equipment and training in its use; educational literature; support groups; a large print nationwide loan library; a quarterly newsletter andreferrals to eye care specialists and other low vision services.
As part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute's mission is to "conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind."
The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore,MD 21230 / 410-659-9314 as for Parent Outreach
provides support, information, training, resources, and advocacy to families and teachers of blind and visually impaired children throughout the country. We are dedicated to providing ideas, practical tips, and a positive philosophy to enable all blind/VI children to reach their full potential. Our dozens of programs and activities include the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest, hands-on science and government programs for youth, IEP advocacy, mentoring programs, the national magazine Future Reflections
, and our 4-day annual conference.
Perkins School for the Blind:
175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472
"Perkins School for the Blind is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with or without other disabilities."
Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired (TSBVI):
1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756
512-454-8631 or toll free 800-872-5273
The TSBVI serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus. It is also a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through trasition from school.
WonderBaby.org is dedicated to helping parents of visually impaired children. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a child who is blind. No doctors or therapists - just real-life advice and real-life experiences.
Apps for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
Dots for Tots
Illinois Council of the Blind
217 E. Monroe, Suite 95, PO Box 1336, Springfield, IL 62705
Dots for Tots is a braille and large print book program designed to promote reading and braille literacy for children
who are blind or visually impaired.
This site offers an introduction to braille. Includes a free downloadable back translator for transcribing the Nemeth braille code to print
National Braille Challenge Invitational:
is a part of Braille Institute's literacy initiative A two-stage academic competition designed to motivate school-age Braille readers to excel in this vital medium.
Dog Guide Organizations
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc.
103 Old Iron Ore Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Fidelco breeds, trains and places the highest quality German Shepard guide dogs with men and women who are blind across the U.S. and Canada.
Freedom Guide Dogs:
1210 Hardscrabble Road, Cassville, N.Y. 13318
Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
PO Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 99915-1200
Guide dogs for the blind creates lifelong partnerships between skilled mobility dogs and people who are blind or visually impaired throughout the United States and Canada. Serves are offered free of charge.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind:
611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 10598
Provides professionally trained guide dogs to blind individuals at out 26 day residendtial training program. All travel tothe faility and services are provided free of charge.
Leader Dogs for the Blind:
P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, MI 48307
248-651-9011 or 888-777-5332
The Seeing Eye, Inc.:
P.O. Box 375, Morristown, N.J. 07963-0375
The Seeing Eye is the world's oldest school that trains dogs to guide people who are blind and instructs people in the use of the dogs.
Media for adults and children
American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults:
18440 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356
American Printing House for the Blind (APH):
1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
800-223-1839 or 502-895-2405
APH manufactures books and magazines in braille, large type and recorded form, as well as a wide range of educational and daily living aids such as braille paper and styluses, Talking Book equipment and talking educational software and hardware. APH also offers Louis, an electronic database that lists accessible books in braille, large type, recorded, computer disk, and tactile graphic formats available form over 200 sources across North America. Although APH primarily serves people of all ages who are visually impaired, many of our products have application with learning disabled people, those who are multiply handicapped, and students who have no vision impairement. For more information on our products, please contact customer service, 800-223-1839.
Braille Institute Braille Press:
Braille International, Inc.:
3290 S.E. Slater Street, Stuart, FL 34997
Offers the William T. Thomas bookstore with books for children (and adults). They include the children's reference "State Books Series" with information about geography, history, economy, culture, etc. of each state (and Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico), and the "One to Grow On!" series of children's print/Braille books with a read-along cassette. Other popular books and series, such as the Baby Sitters Club books, are available.
Dancing Dots -Braille Music:
1754 Quarry Lane, PO Box 927, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0927
Dancing Dots serves blind musicians and their educators through technology and training.
Library of Congress:
Offers books and magazines in both recorded and braille formats. Also offers a service called Web Braille, where books can be downloaded in electronic braille format.
Louis Braille Center:
320 Dayton Street, Suite 125, Edmonds, WA 98020-3590
National Braille Press:
88 Saint Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115
The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children:
P.O. Box 51924, Livonia, MI 48151
800-777-8552 or 734-427-8552
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a non-profit, tax exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low-cost children's literature in braille.
Braille Super Store:
AIRC, The Foundation for Blind Children, Inc.:
1235 E. Harmot Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85020
5 Cumberland Circle, El Paso, TX 79903
Chuck's Brailler Repair:
12388 Marmont Pl., Moreno Valley, CA 92557
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02172
Selective Doctor, Inc.:
PO Box 28432, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
1004 Drexel Drive, Homewood, AL 35209
For detailed explanations about using the listings below as well as information on many
additional ebook sources, purchase Finding eBooks On The Internet by Anna Dresner, from:
Canadian National Institute For The Blind Digital Library Children's Discovery Portal:
National Braille Press:
The ultimate authority on accessible downloadable books, eBooks tells you where to go and what to do once you get there. You're one book away from thousands of free titles!
Braille Games (e.g., Uno, Happy Families, Scrabble, tactile dice, Bingo, etc.)
Ebay, Exceptional Teaching Aids, American Printing House for the Blind, Maxi Aids, LS&S,
Independent Living Aids, Rudbecom Inc., SightConnection
Braille labeled skin care and fragrance products
Braille alphabet and number blocks
Tack-Tiles (Lego set with raised Braille dots on the top surface of each piece.)
Braille label and clear label
American Thermoform Company, Exceptional Teaching Aids, SightConnection
Braille maps & rulers
American Printing House for the Blind, Independent Living aids
Braille math flashcards
Crayola Anti-roll crayons (have a flat side that can be labeled in Braille)
Touch and Color raised line coloring books
Braille Factory, Exceptional Teaching Aids
Slates and Styluses for writing Braille
American Printing House for the Blind, Howe Press, National Federation of the Blind, LS&S,
Maxi Aids, Independent Living Aids
National Braille Press, American Printing House for the Blind, National Federation Of The Blind
Braille greeting cards
American Printing House for the Blind, Creative Adaptations for Learning, National Braille Press, Tactile Vision.
Contact these companies directly for catalogs and more information on ordering any of these products:
American Printing House for the Blind:
P.O. Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206
502-895-2405 or 800-223-1839
Creative Adaptations for Learning:
38 Beverly Road, Great Neck, NY 11021
Exceptional Teaching Aids:
20102 Woodbine Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546
175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02172
Independent Living Aids:
27 East Mall, Plainview, NY 11803-4404
P.O. Box 673, Northbrook, IL 60065
Lucky Touch Fortune Cookie Company:
Judith Lesner (Lucky Touch Advisor)
510-794-3800 Extension 300
In retail stores
42 Executive Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735
National Braille Factory:
5040 Victoria Drive, Vancouver BC V5P 3T8 Canada
877-8-BRAILL or 877-827-2455
National Braille Press, Inc.:
88 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115
National Federation of the Blind:
1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
P.O. Box 67014 Lemoyne, St-Lambert, Quebec, J4R 2T8 Canada
Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted
9709 Third Ave. NE, #100, Seattle, WA 98115
206-525-5556 or 800-458-4888
Tack-Tiles Braille Systems:
P.O. Box 475, Plaistow, NH 03865
The following is a partial list of resources for obtaining instruction or courses in Braille
American Braille Career School:
P.O. Box 3686, Salem, Oregon 97302
The ABC School was founded to meet the need for Braille transcribers in the United States and throughout the world. It is a division of Braille Plus, Inc., an internationally recognized provider of alternate formats for the visually impaired. Through ABC School you can earn your Literary Braille Certification from experienced instructors working in the industry.
American Printing House For The Blind:
1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
The Braille Connection is a fast-paced APH curriculum to teach adventitiously blinded students who formerly were able to read print to read Braille. It is described at
Patterns: The Primary Braille Reading Program -- Complete program designed specifically for young beginning Braille readers, readiness through third reader level.
BRL (Braille through Remote Learning) has online courses available including Introduction to Braille course, Transcribers course, and specialized codes course.
DotlessBraille is a site whose main goal is to increase Braille literacy for all by making Braille more accessible for sighted persons.
Exceptional Teaching Aids:
Grant Wood Area Education Agency:
4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Offers Braille Too!, which is written for secondary students who have previously been print readers who are learning Braille as a primary or additional tool for communication with their interests and ability level in mind.
Hadley School for the Blind:
700 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093 - 2554
800-323-4238 or 847-446-8111
Provides free courses for learning both uncontracted and contracted Braille.
Independent Living Aids, Inc.:
PO Box 9022, Hicksville, NY 11802-9022
BrailleMaster* Talking Braille Tutor is a small black plastic box with six raised buttons
representing a Braille cell and a 7th button that serves as a function key or space bar. As the buttons representing the characters are pushed, a clear male voice identifies the character. 19 lessons introduce students to groups of Braille characters or words with similar characteristics. Lessons are presented in learn, practice and quiz modes, and are arranged to provide a logical progression covering the alphabet, numbers, punctuation, single cell letter combination contractions, single cell whole word contractions, dot-preceded contractions, punctuation as contractions and 73 standard abbreviated words.
197 West 1100 South,Orem, Utah 84058
Louise Johnson who taught Braille for 20 years, has developed the Kester introductory Braille instruction manual. Kester Braille provides a user-friendly script of the way she taught Braille. Level 1 consists of teaching alphabet and beginning sounds in Braille, and Level 2 teaches three-letter words with short vowel sounds, writing sentences, and numbers 0 to 20. It is written to teach Braille reading and writing for children ages 4 to 8, and can be adapted for older children who have difficulty learning. The Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher's Guide and Student Workbooks are $25 each.
National Braille Press:
88 St. Stephen St., Boston, MA 02115
Publishes Just Enough To Know Better
Now in its ninth edition, this primer is for every Mom and Dad who just want to know enough Braille to help their blind son or daughter learn to read. It's fun ... it's easy ... it's a self-paced workbook that teaches you just enough Braille to know better. Using your sight, you will learn to identify the Braille alphabet, numbers, contractions, and even a few exceptions to the rule that make Braille so interesting. Most of all, you will show your child that Braille is a special talent. One volume print book with exercises in Braille $12.00. or free as part of our ReadBooks!
Because Braille Matters program.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Braille:
Development Section (Library of Congress) administers a program of courses leading to certification in Braille transcribing and proofreading in cooperation with a network of volunteer groups throughout the United States. Many of these courses may be taken through local Braille instruction offered by volunteer groups in the network. All of the courses in the program are available through correspondence instruction from the Braille Development Section.
or call toll free 800-424-8567, or send an e-mail message to Braille@loc.gov.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired:
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, TX 78756
512-454-8631 or 800-872-5273
The Texas School For The Blind And Visually Impaired,
(TSBVI), OFFERS The Braille FUNdamentals program. This program has ready-made hard-copy Braille instructional student materials. You can order it at any or all of the four different levels - Primary, Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School. Volume 1 contains the Overview and Use, and Volume 2 teaches the alphabet and whole word signs. The other 2 volumes contain the rest of the Braille code.
A Program for Teaching Braille Based on a New Theory of Braille Reading can be found at
Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind:
742 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, UT 84404-5298
Braille Beginnings is a phonics-based series for teaching Braille to young children.
Braille Beginnings teaches the Braille contractions systematically from the most common to least used, and from simple to more complex. The series includes stories,
workbook pages, tests, word lists and activity pages.
Karen Condie 801-569-9063
7859 South 280 East, Sandy, UT 84079
Books and Pamphlets: The following is available free from the Reference Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542, ( 800) 424-8567. Braille: Into the Next Millennium, a 600-page anthology of articles by international Braille experts.
The following are available from the American Foundation For The Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001
800-AFB-LINE or 800-232-5463
Beginning with Braille: A Balanced Approach to Literacy by Anna M. Swenson
Braille Literacy: A Functional Approach by Diane P. Wormsley Ph.D. Building Blocks: Foundations for Learning for Young Blind and Visually Impaired Children by Betty Dominguez, Joe Dominguez
Burns Braille Transcription Dictionary by Mary F. Burns
Foundations of Braille Literacy by Evelyn J. Rex, Diane P. Wormsley Ph.D., Robert L. Baker,
Alan J. Koenig Ed.D.
Guidelines and Games for Teaching Efficient Braille Reading by Sally S. Mangold, Myrna R. Olson
Instructional Strategies for Braille Literacy
Edited by Frances Mary D'Andrea M.Ed., Diane P. Wormsley Ph.D.
Braille Literacy: Issues for Blind Persons, Families, Professionals, and Producers of Braille by Susan Spungin Ed.D. Foundations of Education, Second Edition (set) Edited by M. Cay Holbrook Ph.D., Alan J. Koenig Ed.D.
Foundations of Education, Second Edition Vol II: Instructional Strategies for Teaching
Children and Youths with Visual Impairments Edited by M. Cay Holbrook Ph.D., Alan J. Koenig Ed.D.
The following are BANA, (Braille Authority of North America), publications. They may be ordered from:
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue, PO Box 6085, Louisville, KY 40206-0085
English Braille, American Edition, 1994; Revised 2002:
Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 1997:
Nemeth Code for Mathematics & Science Notation, 1972 Revision:
Addendum 1 to the Nemeth Code for Mathematics & Science Notation, 1972 Revision: Ancient Numeration Systems:
Braille Code for Chemical Notation, 1997:
Computer Braille Code: 2000 Revision:
Computer Braille Code: Flowchart Design for Applicable Braille Codes Supplement, 1992:
Guidelines for Linear Braille Format, 1987:
Music Braille Code: Learning the Nemeth Braille Code: A Manual for Teachers and Students/Ruth H. Craig, 1987:
National Braille Association:
3 Townline Circle, Rochester, NY 14623-2513
Sells a variety of code books, manuals, and reference charts in print and Braille.
National Library Service For The Blind and Physically Handicapped:
Provides code books and Braille instruction manuals to registered students and transcribers.
The following are available from the National Federation Of The Blind
1800 Johnson St., Baltimore, MD 21230
The World Under My Fingers
The American Action Fund's Twin Vision Dictionary of Braille Problem Words Braille: A Code for Success: A comprehensive tutorial for the National Literary Braille Competency Test. Compiled by the International Braille Research Center in cooperation with the National Federation of the Blind and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped with the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration.
The Bridge to Braille: Reading and School Success for the Young Blind Child by Carol Castellano and Dawn Kosman Handbook for Itinerant and Resource Teachers of Blind and Visually Impaired Students Braille: A Birthday Look at Its Past, Present, and Future Braille: A Renaissance
Braille: A Survival Skill for All Blind People
Braille: An Overview - History, Problems, Technology, and Future Prospects
Braille Contractions, Are They Really So Hard?
Braille Literacy: Issues for Consumers and Providers
Braille: Pedagogy, Prejudice, and the Banner of Equality
Braille Reading Speed: Are You Willing to Do What It Takes?
Braille: What Is It? What Does It Mean to the Blind
Building Braille Reading Speed: Some Helpful Suggestions
Can Braille Change the Future?
Choosing your Braille Embosser
Literacy: The Key to Opportunity
Model Braille Bill
Nemeth Code Reference Sheet
Of Braille and Honeybees
Of Literacy, Braille, and the Oddities of Semantics
Reading by Touch: Trails, Battles, and Discoveries: by Pamela Lorimer;
She Makes Braille Look Easy
What Is the Chance for Braille
Why Not Braille
New programmed Instruction in Braille, Fourth Edition, ISBN 0-9712139-4-1, by Ashcroft, S.C., Henderson, F., Koenig, A.J., Sanford, R. D. (1994) is available from SCALARS Publishing,
1665 Newsum Dr., Germantown, TN 38138, phone 901-727-0001 fax 901-737-2882.
For more information visit www.scalarspublishing.com
This website has many articles about the importance of Braille, sources and tips about Braille instruction, and information about emergent readers.
A site with articles collected by the International Braille Research Center of the National
Federation Of The Blind.
A Primary Reading Program for Beginning Braille Readers
A Study of Braille Reading:
A Study of Braille Reading: 2. Patterns of Hand Activity in One-Handed and Two Handed Reading
Automated Training and Braille Reading
Braille Reading And Left and Right Hemispace
Braillists, Braille Technology, Braille Readers and Braille
Investigative Approaches to the Study of Reading Braille
Patterns of Response in the Perception of Braille Configurations
A Universal Computer Braille Code For Literary And Scientific Texts
Tactile Acuity, Aging, and Braille Reading in Long-Term Blindness
Transfer of a Complex Perceptual Skill
A Critical Evaluation of the Historical Development of the Tactile Modes and Reading and an Analysis and Evaluation of Researches Carried out in Endeavors to Make the Braille Code Easier to Read and to Write.
Variables Influencing the Identification of Single Braille Characters.
Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness -- May-June 1996: Special Edition on Literacy
Ensuring High-Quality Instruction for Students in Braille Literacy Programs.
Source: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Nov2000, Vol. 94 Issue 11, p677, 18p Author(s): Koenig, Alan J.; Holbrook, M. Cay
Abstract: This study used the Delphi research method to gain a consensus among 40
professionals on the appropriate levels of instructional service to address the needs of students with visual impairments in 12 areas of Braille literacy skills. These resulting recommendations are general guidelines for educational teams to follow in designing Braille literacy programs, but must be tailored to address the individual needs of each student. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The Impact of Braille Reading Skills on Employment, Income, Education, and Reading Habits. Source: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, May/Jun96, Vol. 90 Issue 3, p219, 8p, 1 chart, 4 graphs
Author(s): Ryles, R.
Abstract: Compares the outcomes for congenitally legally blind adults in the United States who, learned to read Braille or print as their original reading medium. Reading skills; Employment;
Income; Education; Reading habits.
Periodicals and Newsletters
Although not exclusively devoted to Braille, this free bi-monthly online publication produced by the American Foundation for the Blind frequently has reviews to Braille products, articles on new developments in Braille related technology, and current information on developments in information access. To read current and past issues and to sign up for free email:
extra editions, go to:
DOTS for Braille Literacy:
This free newsletter includes information about new Braille products, strategies for teaching, and resources for teachers, parents, family members, and anyone interested in Braille literacy.
Available in print and Braille, on disk, and via e-mail. Order from:
100 Peachtree Street, Suite 620, Atlanta, GA 30303
Future Reflections is a magazine for parents and teachers of blind children. It is published quarterly by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Future Reflections is available in print and on cassette tape and a special introductory book issue is available free from the NFB. Future Reflections covers the issues surrounding blind children as they grow from birth through college. Each issue provides resources and information for parents and teachers as well as a positive philosophy about blindness. Articles from teaching blind infants to discover and explore their surroundings to campus issues such as access to Braille and recorded textbooks offer answers to many of the common questions asked by parents and provide solutions to common problems. Additionally, Future Reflections offers a national network of contact with other parents who have shared similar experiences and who can provide information, support and encouragement. In addition, Future Reflections includes articles about successful blind adults to serve as role models for blind children and their parents.
Future Reflections is also a tool and guide for teachers and educators working with blind
children. Planning education programs, teaching Braille in the school, and keeping blind children competitive with sighted classmates are some of the issues addressed. Blind adults discuss their experiences and their recommendations for helping blind children. Each issue of Future Reflections is filled with articles about parents, teachers, blind adults, and blind children who have, with the help of the National Federation of the Blind incorporated a new way of thinking about blindness into their daily lives.
To sign up for Future Reflections, go to:
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