Braille is a series of raised dots that can be read with the fingers by people who are blind or whose eyesight is not sufficient for reading printed material. Free Braille resources are plentiful on the Internet. Many organizations involved with the visually impaired offer free braille resources, or provide links to free braille resources on their websites. These braille resources are not limited to people with visual impairments, but can be obtained by sighted people. This article provides an overview of some of the braille resources, including free braille resources and low cost braille resources.
Macular Degeneration Support Canada will provide an ongoing series of articles in the near future that will provide information on free braille resources or low cost braille resources it finds on the internet.
Free Braille Alphabet Card
The National Braille Press offers a series of free braille alphabet cards. These can be obtained by filling out a contact form with your name, address, and the quantity of cards that you would like to receive.
While each braille card costs $0.10 each, these are provided for free. The only request is that people requesting these cards respect the limited resources and request only the number of cards required. International requests are limited to 2 cards.
To request your free braille cards, you can visit the National Braille Press website.
Free Braille Bible
Bibles for the Blind offers a braille Bible for the blindand visually impaired. The mission of Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International is to provide the Bible in braille t othose blind people around the world who cannot afford it.
If a person wishes to receive a braille Bible, the can contact the organization at the address below.
Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International
3228 E. Rosehill Avenue
Terre Haute, Indiana 47805-1297
Phone: (812) 466-4899
Free Braille Books Program
The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults began providing blind children with free braille books from a popular children’s reading series. The books are for the children to keep and collect as long as they want them. These titles are the same titles that are available in bookstores and libraries but are in braille to assist visually impaired children.