Braille Letters Deliver Smiles to Kids Across America

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This past Christmas we had an amazing opportunity to help Santa Claus out by sending his letters in braille to kids who are blind or visually impaired. Every kid already knows that Santa reads braille, they didn’t need any convincing of that, we just stepped in to help prove it to them. Why you might ask, well we really believe that everyone deserves to be included, especially with something as fun as a letter from Santa Claus.

Santa Claus holding a Christmas wish list letter

During the holiday season, there’s so much going on it’s easy to forget that it’s a very visual experience for most. That’s why it’s so important to remember to include as many people as we can. Those who live with visual impairments unfortunately know what it feels like to be left out a little too well.

We had a little phrase around here that helped inspire us this past year and that’s: “Sometimes it takes more than seeing to believe.” That goes for almost everything, it takes more than seeing to believe in love, it takes more than seeing to know someone cares, it take more than seeing to truly enjoy just about anything. It’s important to include everyone in life and business, to reach out and make everyone feel welcome; that goes for everyone whether they are living with perfect eyesight or not.

If you still insist that “seeing is believing,” we wanted to share our own Santa Tracking map that shows all of the hometown’s of kids who still believe in Santa and asked him to send them letters in braille. With 316 kids hearing from Santa this past year in 44 different states in the USA, we should all take note- accessibility is important everywhere.

Map of the United States with red colored pins marking different cities around the country.

If you’re not sure where to start, start with your documents. You can begin making the world more accessible by giving everyone equal access to the things you put down on paper. You’d be amazed at what that alone can do for inclusion and empowerment. We offer some options to help people do this, but everyone can make a difference in their own way. If we all started thinking about how others might read our writing, how they could feel our art, how they might join in on the fun of a visual season- Well, that really would be something amazing! Join us in our mission of Making the World a More Readable Place™, and help everyone feel included today.

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