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National Braille Press celebrates edition of 'Make Way for Ducklings'

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 13, 2013 11:30 AM

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Jayne Donahue, senior vice president of State Street Bank; Kate Crohan, teacher of the visually impaired; Sara Mornis, Braille reader; and Brian Mac Donald, president of National Braille Press read Make Way for Ducklings at the Hill House.

The Boston-based National Braille Press is celebrating the release of a classic children’s book in braille.

The braille publisher and literacy advocate recently released a new edition of the Boston favorite Make Way for Ducklings, and celebrated the release with a reading of the book at Beacon Hill’s Hill House.

Hill House, a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for children in Boston, partnered with the Press to commemorate and share the story with young readers and welcome spring to the city.

The May 8 event was also designed to raise awareness around literacy. According to the National Braille Press, braille literacy rates for school-aged blind children have dropped from over 50 percent 40 years ago to 12 percent today.

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(Photo courtesy National Braille Press)

Attendees pose with Braille editions of children’s books. Sitting: Jayne Donahue, senior vice president of State Street Bank; Kate Crohan, teacher of the visually impaired; Sara Mornis, Braille reader; Janet LaBreck, Commissioner of the Massachuseets Commission for the Blind. Standing: Alexandra Curry of Hill House, Brian Mac Donald of National Braille Press.

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