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Welcome to Society for the Blind

Serving the Sacramento Region,

including the Northern Central Valley and Sierra Foothills


Our mission is to empower individuals who are blind or have low vision to live productively and independently by building confidence through training, tools and mentorship.

January is National Braille Literacy Month, in celebration of Louis Braille, inventor of the reading and writing code used by individuals who are blind or low vision. The Braille system uses patterns of raised dots, which is touched by the fingertips to read printed materials.  For two centuries, Braille has offered those who are blind or low vision the opportunity to read and write independently.

At Society for the Blind, we offer Braille classes as an important piece of our independent living skills programs. Approximately 20 students receive Braille instruction here at SFTB each month.

  Braille is relevant today because blind people have to be able to read, write, spell, etc. to be able to compete in the workforce. About 90% of the employed blind are Braille literate.” – Leena Dawes, Braille Instructor, Society for the Blind  “ While there is a great deal of technology, I prefer Braille because there is something comforting about curling up with a good book.”

 Today's technology actually makes braille more accessible in terms of less expensive translation and embossing options, and using refreshable braille displays in conjunction with computers, cell phones and tablets provides greater access to publications and books for blind people.” – Peg Halverson

Society Pages Newsletter

Society for the Blind’s quarterly newsletter features articles about agency services, the people we serve and the people who help support our mission. To receive the newsletter, send us your email address.

May 2012 (PDF) 
May 2012 (Word) 
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