We’ve participated in this program for a few years now, and it’s absolutely delightful. Santa’s mailing comes in both print and braille, so it’s easy for parents who aren’t fluent in braille yet to read the letter to their children while the children follow along on their copy. In previous years, there have been tactile coloring pages and recipes in addition to Santa’s letter–I’m eager to see what comes for Peanut this year.
I’ve pasted the mailing I received from the NFB below:
National Federation of the Blind
Partners with Santa to Promote Braille Literacy
Baltimore, Maryland (November 18, 2013): Once again, Santa has enlisted the help of the elves at the National Federation of the Blind<http://www.nfb.org/> (NFB) Jernigan Institute to get Braille<http://www.braille.org/> letters out to hundreds of blind boys and girls this Christmas season.
“Santa approached the National Federation of the Blind several years ago and asked us to be his helpers. I’m quite fond of the fellow and was delighted that we could assist him in his work. Braille literacy is the key to success and opportunity for the blind, but unfortunately too few blind children are learning it today. This program will not only spread holiday cheer but will also serve an important educational purpose, as blind children will be able to practice reading Braille as they enjoy their letter from merry Saint Nicholas.”
Between November 18 and December 19, parents can go online at www.nfb.org<http://www.nfb.org> and fill out a Santa Braille Letter request form<https://nfb.org/santa-letters>. The form can also be printed and faxed to (410) 685-2340. Beginning December 2, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to blind boys and girls around the country. The Braille letter will also be accompanied by a print copy (for mom and dad to read). Requests for letters must include the writer’s name, the child’s name, birthday, gender, mailing address, a telephone number, and e-mail address in case Santa’s helpers at the National Federation of the Blind have questions.
The deadline for letter requests is December 19, to ensure that a return letter in Braille is received before Christmas.