ClearVision children’s braille library has over 14,000 books which are borrowed by over a thousand families, schools and libraries all over the UK.
ClearVision library books are designed for sharing; the braille text is added to popular children’s picture books on clear plastic sheets so that each book can be read and enjoyed by print and by braille readers. As well as children learning braille, our books are used by blind parents and grandparents who read them to sighted children.
Our stock includes novelty board books for blind and partially-sighted babies and toddlers so that they get used to finding braille on the page before they learn to read – just as sighted children get used to print.
We also have a loans collection of handmade books with tactile illustrations.
Most of these books were sewn for us by volunteers and we now have over a thousand – one of few such collections worldwide.
ClearVision’s total annual expenditure is approximately £75,000. It costs about £15 to add a new book in braille and print to the library.
We are dependant on donations to provide this service – and to expand our collection to meet more needs.