The American Printing House for the Blind in partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is offering a new program to our community called Braille Tales. Braille Tales is a free print-braille book program for preschoolers who are blind and visually impaired. Their goal is to develop crucial literacy and braille awareness skills at an early age in order to promote independence among members of the blind and visually impaired community.
Families enrolled in Braille Tales receive a free print-braille book every other month until the child reaches their sixth birthday. They also enroll parents and legal guardians who are braille readers and have sighted preschool-aged children. Families keep the books as part of their permanent home library.
Currently, Braille Tales has over 700 families enrolled across the country. They recently received a grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children to expand this program to all eligible preschoolers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Service providers can help families fill out the application, but it has to have the parent’s/legal guardian’s information on the form. Families can sign up online at www.aph.org/BrailleTales.