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News from Grantees

Online Conversation on February 1, 2022 with Author of Groundbreaking Book on Her Personal “Journey of Blindness”

Author Dr. M. Leona Godin will discuss her “groundbreaking book,” There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness, during “Conversations with the Fil’” on February 1, 2022 from 7 to 8:30 pm Eastern Time. Dr. Godin, a professional writer, performer, educator, and alumna of the FMDG (Filomen D’Agostino Greenberg)  Music School, will speak with Dr. Leslie Jones, The Fil’s Executive Director, about the book, her journey in writing it, and her personal experience of blindness that led to its creation. The author “inspires others to ponder and question how the world sees people with vision loss as well as themselves.” For more information, including how to RSVP, visit the web listing from the FMDG Music School, a grantee of RDPFS: Conversations with the Fil’: Dr. M. Leona Godin.

New Tactile Braille Series Launched

Following more than a year of research and development, Hadley has launched their new Braille for Everyday Use series. The series of interactive workshops “teach your fingers to read.” The workshops provide instruction in everyday, practical uses for braille, “From labeling items in your home to identifying buttons on an elevator.” The Braille for Everyday Use: Letters Series includes eight workshops, each of which covers a few letters of the alphabet. Every session is made up of two parts: a workbook sent to your home and audio instruction offered via phone or online. Hadley recommends that users who are new to braille take the workshops in the order in which they are presented, beginning with letters, then numbers and punctuation. Funded in part by RDPFS, the Braille for Everyday Use series is available free of charge. To find out more, including how to order the workbooks, check out Braille for Everyday Use: Letters Series, For a brief YouTube on the launch, go to Launch Day | Behind the Scenes of Hadley’s New Braille Series.