APH Press Release

The American Printing House for the Blind Receives $6,000 from WHAS Crusade for Children to Bring Free Braille Books to Preschool Children

Louisville, KY (July 25, 2016)–The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is excited to announce the receipt of a $6,000.00 grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children (http://www.crusadeforchildren.org/ ) in support of APH’s Braille Tales program. The grant will make it possible for 82 children who are blind and visually impaired and reside in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to receive free books for the coming year.

Braille Tales provides a free print-braille book every other month to preschoolers who are blind and visually impaired. This national program helps promote braille awareness and an enthusiasm for reading by nurturing early literacy skills in the home environment. To qualify for the program the parent or child must be blind or visually impaired, the child must be age five or younger, and the family must reside in the United States. More than 1000 participants are enrolled in the program, nationwide.

Sharon, whose daughter, Jasmine, is enrolled in the program says, “it’s such fun and we do appreciate all those involved who make this possible, laying down the foundation for my little girl to have a love for reading and providing books that she, herself, will be able to read when she gets older.” Both Sharon and Jasmine are blind.

For more information about how Braille Tales works or to apply, visit www.aph.org/BrailleTales or call (800) 223-1839, ext 387.

About the American Printing House for the Blind

Founded in 1858 in Louisville, Kentucky, American Printing House for the Blind (www.aph.org) is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. It is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. APH is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky.

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