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American Printing House Aids ‘Imagination’

For years, millions of parents and their children have received free books in the mail from the Dollywood Foundation. It’s part of the “Imagination Library” to ensure that kids get a new book each month so they can learn the joys of reading. Recently, the library announced that it will get a bit bigger. The foundation announced a partnership with the American Printing House for the Blind to expand the offering to include books in braille.

Soniya Patel’s three-year-old daughter loves getting her book each month from the Imagination Library. But Soniya is blind, so reading with her daughter is a difficult experience. Until now, someone has had to read her the text and she used a Braille typewriter to make her own copies.

“I’ve Brailled several since she was born,” says Patel “because that’s the only way that I’d be able to read it to her you know, if it’s not done then you’ve got to find a way to do it.”

She says getting books in Braille will lift a barrier between her and her daughter.

The books will be produced here in Louisville at American Printing House’s factory. It’s filled with modern dot-making machines and even some from the 1800s.

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American Printing House Partners With Imagination Library

The American Printing House for the Blind on Frankfort Avenue has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to print books that will be distributed to children under five across the country.

The foundation’s Imagination Library program sends a free book each month to promote reading before entering school.  The program will now be able to offer their books with a Braille overlay for children or parents who are blind.

Six-year-old Cameron Burkett is blind, and her father, Bradley, says she has struggled to learn to read with limited exposure to Braille books.

“There was a little book, it was only like 8 to 10 pages and she memorized the whole book,” Burkett says “and I caught her because she was feeling her fingers across it and she was saying the end of the sentence before her fingers would go across the Braille.”

Bradley Burkett says these books would really have made a difference for his daughter.

“If she would have had them when she was younger,” he says “just starting to feel it getting use to the words when they’re being read to her, she would have probably started learning sooner, but for other kids, for free Braille books, cause you can’t just go to Wal Mart and get them; like for other kids it’ll be awesome for them.”

American Printing House embossed over 18 million pages of Braille last year, but also does extensive research and development on other educational materials for blind children.