FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Category: 
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Partners with Santa Claus to Support Braille Literacy

Blind Children to Receive Letters in Braille

NORTH POLE (November 28, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation’s oldest and largest consumer organization of the blind, and the leading promoter of Braille literacy in the United States, announced today that as Christmas approaches the Federation will be providing a special service for children who read Braille. Blind children who wish to send Braille letters to Santa will be able to submit their letters to the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, which will then Braille Santa’s response.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “learning to read Braille is critical to the future success of blind children. Proficiency and fluency in reading Braille are best achieved by taking every opportunity to read Braille. What could be more fun for a blind child than receiving a personalized letter from Santa Claus in Braille?”

The National Federation of the Blind will send Braille replies from Santa to letters received from blind children and their parents. Letters to Santa may be in Braille or print. Each reply will be in Braille and print so that parents and children can read together. The replies will be in contracted Braille unless otherwise specifically requested.

Braille or print letters to Santa may be sent to Santa Claus, c/o National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Letters may also be requested via the Internet at www.nfb.org. Letters must include the writer’s name, the child’s name, the child’s birthday, the child’s gender, mailing address, and a telephone number in case Santa’s helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have questions.

Letters must be received by December 15 to ensure a return letter is received before Christmas. For more information about the Braille Letters from Santa Program, visit our Web site at www.nfb.org.