Dear Friend,

Braille Institute exists to help students and clients pave the road towards independence. We demonstrate that vision loss is not the end of independence but the beginning of a new way of living.

We began as the dream of a blind cowboy, Bob Atkinson, who wanted to start a braille printing press so that people without sight could stay connected to the world. Through the generosity of our very first donors, Mary and John Longyear, his dream became a reality in 1919. Today, Braille Institute is a leader in blind services, providing comprehensive free programs that have transformed hundreds of thousands of lives. These achievements are all made possible because of supporters like you.

Your support helps children and teens with low vision fulfill their dreams of going to college. You help parents better understand and encourage the development of a young child who is blind. And your support helps adults who are losing their vision learn ways to use their remaining vision more effectively.

All of this is possible because you support our mission to help our students thrive. Braille Institute does not rely on government funding — we rely on the generosity of friends like you to provide the many free programs that have transformed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Thank you for opening windows of opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired who come to us for help. We look forward to sharing ongoing stories highlighting how students and clients are benefiting from your support.

Peter A. Mindnich
President, Braille Institute