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Boston-based National Braille Press gets $150k grant to help provide free Braille books

Applications for the free subscriptions to the Children’s Braille Book Club open on Jan. 4.

Helen Fahey reads braille at her home in Arlington, Massachusetts June 6, 2013. (Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston-based National Braille Press has received a $150,000 donation from the NewCo Foundation to provide free braille books for blind and visually impaired children and their families.

Currently, 28% of blind children don’t have access to pleasure reading materials, the NBP said in a statement.

“NBP’s impact in the lives of blind children and their families is significant. We hope other foundations and individuals will join us in supporting the right to read for blind children,” Dave and Dawn Gross, founders of NewCo Foundation, said in a statement.

The Children’s Braille Book Club started in 1983 and is a subscription-based program in which NBP sends a new print/braille picture book every month to blind and visually impaired children for a fee. This new initiative will start by offering free one-year subscriptions to 125 eligible families on a first-come, first-served basis.

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NBP will also be raising funds from donors to match the NewCo Foundation’s gift.

Applications for the free subscriptions to the Children’s Braille Book Club open on Jan. 4, the birth date of the inventor of braille, Louis Braille.

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