Dear Friend,

I think of August as a time of transition. The “lazy, hazy days of summer” are coming to an end, and the anticipation of seeing our adult students returning to classes is building.

Braille Institute provides a wide array of FREE programs and services year-round, but activities really begin to pick up once fall begins.

Braille Institute programs and services help people of all ages make the most of their remaining vision. Due in large part to the increase in the incidence of age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, many of our students are older adults.

These are adults like James Nishimura and Glenn Patmore, who enjoyed the blessing of good vision early in their lives but eventually began losing their sight. The techniques they learned in our Daily Living Skills classes and the joy they received from our Library Services helped them to once again live their lives as fully and independently as possible.

In addition to stories about James and Glenn, in this issue of Scene you learned of the generosity of some of our dedicated supporters who understand that, without the financial help of our donors, Braille Institute would no longer be able to provide our life-changing programs and services completely FREE of charge.

On behalf of the tens of thousands of adults and children whose lives will be renewed in the coming year because of your generosity, thank you!

Peter A. Mindnich

President, Braille Institute