[Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Tue Nov 19 03:27:13 UTC 2013


Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
cdanielsen at nfb.org<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>

National Federation of the Blind
Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy

Baltimore, Maryland (November 18, 2013):  Once again, Santa has enlisted the
help of the elves at the National Federation of the
Blind<http://www.nfb.org/> (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get
Braille<http://www.braille.org/> letters out to hundreds of blind boys and
girls this Christmas season.

Dr. Marc Maurer<http://www.nfb.org/marc-maurer-bio>, President of the
National Federation of the Blind<http://www.twitter.com/NFB_voice>, said:
"Santa approached the National Federation of the Blind several years ago and
asked us to be his helpers.  I'm quite fond of the fellow and was delighted
that we could assist him in his work.  Braille literacy is the key to
success and opportunity for the blind, but unfortunately too few blind
children are learning it today.  This program will not only spread holiday
cheer but will also serve an important educational purpose, as blind
children will be able to practice reading Braille as they enjoy their letter
from merry Saint Nicholas."

Between November 18 and December 19, parents can go online at
www.nfb.org<http://www.nfb.org> and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request
form<https://nfb.org/santa-letters>.  The form can also be printed and faxed
to (410) 685-2340.  Beginning December 2, the Braille letters from Santa
will start going out to blind boys and girls around the country.  The
Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy (for mom and dad to
read).  Requests for letters must include the writer's name, the child's
name, birthday, gender, mailing address, a telephone number, and e-mail
address in case Santa's helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have

The deadline for letter requests is December 19, to ensure that a return
letter in Braille is received before Christmas.


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most
influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United
States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and
equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology,
and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision
with the tools they need to become independent and successful.  We need your
support.  To make a donation, please go to www.nfb.org<http://www.nfb.org>.

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