Braille Institute: far-seeing nonprofit

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Marleena_DaphneWhat’s the first thing you think of when you see the word “Braille”? If you’re like me, you imagine someone’s fingers feeling their way across a page, reading. And that someone has dark glasses and a white cane.

All that’s great, and true. But Braille Institute — which was founded in 1919 to make braille books widely available — has grown far beyond that. They now offer a huge range of technology programs, job placement, life skills training and social interaction opportunities for people with all kinds of vision problems.

Seeing, like life, is not black & white. It works on a grayscale, from 20/20 clarity all the way to total blindness. As people age, for example, they may develop macular degeneration or cataracts or diabetes-related retinopathy. These folks are also at the heart of Braille Institute’s transformational work.

Communicating all this to the institution’s donors is the focus of 

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