Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Posted By: Karen Smith (June 2, 2021)
Only 10 percent of blind children in the U.S. can read braille. Yet literacy is just as important for blind children as it is for sighted children for success in school – and in life!
One problem is that braille books are expensive, often costing more than $100 for one book! The average blind child owns just five books.
Seedlings produces and distributes braille books to children, giving more than half away free. The rest are sold for an average of just $10 each.
Many experts believe what separates blind individuals who succeed from those who struggle is braille. According to the National Federation of the Blind, 70 percent of blind adults in the U.S. are unemployed or underemployed. But of the 30 percent who work full-time, 90 percent are fluent in braille.
With $1,000, Seedlings could distribute 100 more braille books to blind children, helping them lead successful, independent lives.