Braille Advocacy

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired


The mission of The Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. Braille courses are available through distance education for individuals who are visually impaired, family members of those with visual impairments, or professionals and volunteers in the field of blindness rehabilitation.

Braille Authority of North America, The

Website - The Braille Authority of North America

Description - The mission of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) is to assure literacy for tactile readers through the standardization of braille and/or tactile graphics. BANA's purpose is to promote and to facilitate the uses, teaching and production of Braille. It publishes rules, interprets and renders opinions pertaining to Braille in all existing and future codes.

National Braille Association

Website - National Braille Association

Description - The mission of the National Braille Association, Inc. is to provide continuing education to those who prepare Braille, and to provide Braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.

National Braille Press

Website - National Braille Press

Description - National Braille Press is a Boston based non-profit Braille printing and publishing house founded in 1927. Last year NBP pressed 15 million Braille pages using special translation software and computer-driven equipment. The guiding purposes of National Braille Press is to promote the literacy of blind children through Braille, and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs. We believe Braille is the only true means of literacy for a person without sight. Blind people want to pay the same for their Braille publications as sighted people pay for theirs; school children should have their textbooks and tests at the same time their sighted peers do; our purpose as a non-profit is to raise sufficient funds to support these services; our hiring and supervisory practices should encourage competitive employment for qualified disabled individuals.

Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida

Website - Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida

Visual Aid Volunteers of Florida members include volunteer consultants with expertise in specialized areas of Braille and tape production. These consultants will do group training or assist individual groups with problem-solving in various areas of production.

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