DIALOGUE Interviews Julie Connoyer of SeedlingsBy Dialogue: A World of Ideas for Visually Impaired People of All Ages, Vol. 46, No. 5, pp. 14-17
Publication Date: September-October 2007
Interview with Julie Connoyer, community outreach coordinator at the Michigan-based, non-profit Seedlings Braille Books for Children. Seedlings (www.seedlings.org) serves blind children from birth to age 18, and blind adults who read to sighted children, in the US and 54 foreign countries by providing access to literature available to their sighted peers. It currently has 800 titles available, in four levels: print and braille picture books for preschoolers; print and braille books for beginning readers; braille-only books for independent readers; and e-braille books in electronic format. Books are sold for about half the cost of their production, with the difference made up with donations. Seedlings sponsors several give-away programs: The Rose Project, which offers free encyclopedia articles; Anna’s Book Angel Project, which sends free books to children from wish lists they submit; Keep Kids in Touch, which provides free books to students for summer reading; and “Hooray for Braille”, free kits distributed to help demystify braille. Seedlings also collaborates with organizations such as ROPARD, the Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases, and National Braille Press to distribute free kits and book bags.
Assistive Products Discussed: SEEDLINGS BRAILLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Published by: Blindskills, Inc. (Website:http://www.blindskills.com)