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“In 1984 when Debra Bonde founded Seedlings, braille materials were scarce and expensive. Her goals were to increase the availability and lower the cost of braille books for children in order to promote their literacy skills and the love of reading. In 1985, the first year of book production, Debra made 221 books in her basement office. By 1990, Seedlings was producing 5,000 books per year, which precipitated its move out of Debra’s basement and into the Bentley Center in Livonia, Michigan, and eventually to our present location on Farmington Road in Livonia. In 2010, with a small staff, and a group of loyal volunteers, Seedlings produced over 22,000 braille books and articles, with a grand total of 323,000 since 1984, equaling over 15 million pages of braille!”

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    Many of us "old timers" who were taught braille when we were children know that braille literacy is a absolute must for our young children, especially those kids who have some remaining sight, and were told that braille is not necessary. I can understand how parents are weary and misunderstand all the messages our educators give them. I know a family who has two children who have vission issues. Infact, these two girls are two of a set of triplets. Unfortunately, Melissa, totally blind and profoundly Autistic, (learns around a eighteenth month level), has not been able to learn braille as of yet, although her teacher does try to expose her to the dots. Melody, entering the eighth grade this fall has had some limited training, knows grade one, and some grade two braille. Well her Mom refused braille, well that is not rite, she thought of braille as a side kind of thing. I spoke to her mother tonight, she has changed her mind, and says that I can work with Melody on the weekends in my home on her braille. Some how the many messages, and encouragement can work. I need some advice. I have two toutorials in braille. Should I use the slate and styelest with her? Should I have her reading grade one preschool braille books? How can I make braille interesting. She has a lot of sight and I was told that she can see the dots with her eye, so shades are a good thing, do you all agree? I would like any advice you can offer. My face book page is (Renee Radicioni Pavlus) at My email is I can be reached at 801 3735028, any assistance is welcomed. Thanks

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