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Special Guest Post: Holly Bonner

American Printing House For the Blind’s “FREE” Braille Tales

Holly has her two daughters sitting on her lap as she reads a story to them.With multiple studies indicating the tremendous benefits early reading has on childhood development, have you ever wondered, “How does a blind or visually impaired parent read to their child?” Depending on the parent’s current state of vision, there are many alternative methods for cultivating your child’s love of reading as a visually impaired parent.  Some moms and dads implore memorization techniques, choosing books that have rhyming or lyrical storylines they can easily remember. Other parents prefer utilizing audio components with story time by purchasing smartphone APPS or subscription services like Audible. Large print books are also effective if the parent has some remaining vision or can work with a handheld magnifier or CCTV. Finally, new technology like the OrCam MyEye enables users to read newspapers, signs, menus, supermarket product labels and even text on a computer or smartphone screen. As someone who uses OrCam, the device also helps me read children’s books to my own two daughters.  But what about braille books that are both hard to find and sometimes quite costly? Continue Reading…


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