Dear Friend,

On July 4th we celebrated 239 years of independence with fireworks and parades, because we deeply value the tremendous freedoms we enjoy in the USA. Likewise, many of our clients who are blind or visually impaired celebrate each time they reach a new milestone on their path to living a more independent life.

As you can imagine, any significant loss of sight is traumatic and life-altering. Routine daily activities and simple tasks that most of us take for granted, such as cooking or reading, can prove overwhelming. Braille Institute’s many FREE services help people of all ages learn practical skills and techniques to live a more fulfilling life.

In this issue of Scene, you’ll read about Cheryl Tice who lost most of her vision as an adult and, thanks to Braille Institute, can now get around safely, cook for friends, and enjoy reading. I’m proud that Braille Institute was able to help Cheryl lead a more fulfilling life.

On behalf of the tens of thousands of individuals assisted by Braille Institute each year, thank you for believing in and supporting our work. We simply can’t do it without you.

Peter A. Mindnich
President, Braille Institute