Access Braille

Vision Beyond Sight

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What we do

Access Braille works very closely with nonprofits in India to empower people with visual impairments by providing them access to books, technology and tools to improve their jobs skills. While most recreational books are in accessible format thanks to e-pub technology many of the math and science books still need to be typed in. Access Braille works with organizations serving the blind to fund these conversions into accessible format. In addition, where needed Access Braille funds laptops to deserving students. These laptops are equipped with text speech technology that allows the students to access text books, browse the internet and be in communication with their teachers and peers. This was of utmost importance during Covid when students with visual impairments could not get access to Braille books nor could they meet up with volunteers who would otherwise read the textbooks aloud to students. These laptops are funded through donations from Access Braille’s network of friends and well wishers.

Our Mission

Rooted in our belief that every child has the right to education and access to it regardless of disability, our mission is to make available books and other educational and recreational literature to children in developing countries who need it.

Who we are

Access Braille is a non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley, California. We bridge the gap between literacy needs and the availability of accessible reading material for the visually impaired in developing countries. At this time, Access Braille is entirely volunteer-run, with professionals, students and advisors in the field of visual impairment pitching in to ensure the delivery of educational and recreational reading materials to those in need of them.

Why we do it

According to WHO, 285 million people are visually impaired, of which 90% reside in developing countries. Very few of them get a chance to access literacy. The reasons are varied: lack of transport, cost, and in most cases, the inability of mainstream schools to accept children with visual impairments as they do not have the skills or equipment to teach them. Shockingly, only 5% of all reading material is available in accessible format for the visually impaired. Access Braille is an organization that seeks to bridge the gap between the need and availability of educational material for the visually impaired.