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Slate Pals: Braille Pen Pal Program Link

Slate Pals is a program for children in grades K-12 that matches students who want Braille pen pals. The program is sponsored by the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and is available, free of charge, to children around the world.

Slate Pals enables children who are blind to correspond with one another in Braille. It also finds blind pen pals for sighted children who are interested in learning the Braille code.

Slate Pal requests have come to us from all fifty states and most of the Canadian provinces. We have also received requests for Slate Pals from many nations overseas, including Taiwan, South Africa, Denmark, Hungary, Uganda, El Salvador, Germany, Australia, and Great Britain. In matching Slate Pals the primary considerations are age range, gender, and interests. We also try to match each prospective Slate Pal with someone who lives in a distinctly different geographic locale.

To sign up for this program, please complete the application (Word) found at the website and return it by mail or e-mail to Debbie Kent Stein:

Debbie Kent Stein
5817 North Nina Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60631
Phone: 773-631-1093 • E-mail:

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  1. 1

    I think this is a great thing. Anything to help people learn and advance in life is a great thing. I would support this kind of thing.

  2. 2

    What a great idea! I wish I could have done that more when I was in school, I would not have felt so isolated from other blind children.

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