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Kayde Rieken
Lincoln, Nebraska

August 29, 2009

Dear President Obama:

I have always loved to read. When I was younger, I would order books through a library in Utah, and the highlight of my week was when those big plastic boxes arrived on my doorstep. I devoured book after book, traveling to so many different places with just the turn of a page. All this was made possible because of Braille.

I, however, am one of the lucky ones. The education system had no choice but to teach me Braille as a small child since I was totally blind. I use this vital skill daily, jotting down notes on my slate and stylus, scheduling appointments in my electronic notetaker, and reading signs around my college campus. Braille has opened doors that would have otherwise remained tightly closed for me. Without Braille I would not be successful, because I would not be literate.

Kayde Rieken