It’s Braille Literacy Month, and there are lots of things you can do to help spread awareness. We have some suggestions for ways to get the word out to your community, your local classroom, and on social media.
Within your community, there are a variety of places and opportunities to create awareness events. The local library is one of the best partners because they often participate in library loan programs that help acquire braille materials for local residents.
You can ask the library about making a display of braille literature that can stay up for the month of January. Or, if you want to come in and run an event, you could set a time to talk about the history and usage of braille. Making the conversation kid-focused and including materials for a “show and tell” type of presentation would encourage families to come.
Places of worship are also usually open to special speakers. If they don’t already provide their worship materials in braille, you could talk to them about taking up a specific donation to order braille literature or songbooks. You could also give them information on braille transcription services.
Much like the library, schools often enjoy having speakers. Elementary schools are a good place to go because young children love special presentations and are usually enthusiastic about any items you might bring to pass around or demonstrate.
You should call the school ahead of time to see what might work for them. If your visit is approved, you could ask about sending educational materials in advance, so that the students will be prepared.
You could even ask if the classes want to make braille billboard or door displays before your visit. And if you turn it into a contest, that will up the children’s interest by engaging their competitive spirit.
If any of the students read braille, you could invite them to do something as part of the overall presentation. They might enjoy the opportunity to share about braille with their peers.
Sharing about Braille Literacy Month on social media is one of the easiest things you can do. And it’s something your friends and family can join in on. One strategy you could use to engage people in a conversation about braille is to make a braille “fact” post each day. A little research might be involved, but you can probably come up with enough small bits of information to cover the whole month.
Another way to do this is to ask questions rather than just post facts. Hopefully, people will respond to your questions, and you will spark some good conversation about braille usage. If you want some graphics to go with those posts, you can search “braille literacy month social media graphics” to find images on Pinterest. Just make sure they are shareable before you use them! Another good shareable piece of information is this post, by Paths to Literacy. It has resources for everyone.