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The American Printing House for the Blind receives $9,700 from The Mary P. Gill Foundation to bring free braille books to preschool children

Louisville, KY (October 31, 2016)–The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is excited to announce the receipt of a $9,700 grant from the Mary P. Gill Foundation in support of APH’s Braille Tales program. The Mary P. Gill Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to making lives better for the children of Kentucky. The grant will make it possible for 95 children who are blind and visually impaired and reside in Kentucky 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 1,200 participants are enrolled in the program, nationwide.

Shelly, whose son, Alex, is enrolled in the program says, “When Alex and I read together, he’s searching for the Braille on the page, trailing along with his fingers as I read, and turning the pages. Those are things, from an early childhood educator perspective, that children have to learn. You hand a child a book, and just instinctively, they don’t know what to do with it. They don’t know that they’re supposed to find the words, to trace the words in a left to right, top to bottom progression, to turn to the next page. Those are all skills, and Alex has gotten those skills from the Braille Tales books.”

For more information about how Braille Tales works or to apply, visit 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 ( 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. Take a virtual visit at