National Braille Press
National Braille Press (NBP) converts the printed word to braille for blind children and adults in Massachusetts, and across the country. Our literacy programs and materials help enable children and adults to compete in the class room, work place and in life. Founded in 1927, NBP started as a braille newspaper designed to give blind individuals access to the news. Over the past 96 years, NBP has evolved into a global leader in the fight for the blind community’s right to read. Every year we serve over 20,000 individuals with our unique collection of braille books, programs that support early childhood reading, textbooks and tests that include tactile graphics, and resources for teachers. NBP is preparing children for an equal education, gainful employment and the opportunity for financial independence.
As a publisher, National Braille Press produces original books that are written by the blind - for the blind. Our books address important topics such as fitness, healthcare, nutrition, travel & leisure, and assistive technology. Our longest running periodical, first published in 1930 Our Special, covers day-to-day independent living activities. Our Children’s Braille Book Club (CBBC) sends a free book each month to over 325 blind children, with a goal of reaching 400 by next year.
Blindness impacts people of all races, genders, and ethnicities and has no geographic boundaries. It cost three times more to produce a book in braille than it does in print. We believe a blind person should not have to pay more for the same information. Funds raised through the Boston Marathon helps us keep that equality.