Are you a family member or friend of a blind child? Well if you’re sighted, you probably don’t have a way to write braille cards to send for birthdays or just to say hello. Maybe you don’t even know braille.
Well, don’t worry- you’re not alone. But there is a way you can still send braille cards to that special someone any day of the year without needing any experience with braille. Just follow these easy steps we’ve outlined below to get started!
The special braille reader in your life will be ecstatic to receive this tactile butterfly braille card in the mail! Just imagine how good she will feel to read her very own name and personal message from you all by herself!
Why Send Braille Cards?
Kids love getting their own mail and blind kids love getting braille cards in the mail! Not only is it more exciting because they can read it themselves, but it’s also a great way for friends and family to add that personal touch.
Madilyn enjoys getting any type of correspondence but I feel like it takes away from the true message when I have to read it aloud to her. Now that she’s getting older and can read braille independently, I love the idea that her grandparents, aunts and far-away relatives can send cards just for her! Needless to say, I’m anxiously awaiting Madilyn’s first card from FeelMyDots.
FeelMyDots Etsy Shop Delivers Braille Cards for You
Choose a Braille Card from the FeelMyDots Etsy Shop
Or, you can click “Request Custom Order” to work with Maddie, FeelMyDots Owner, on a truly unique braille card based on your idea. *Be sure to read the Q&A with Maddie that follows!
Add Your Personalized Braille Message
Just type it in the “optional message to seller” section upon checkout. Note whether the message should be transcribed in Grade 1, Uncontracted Braille, Grade 2, UEB Contracted Braille, or Jumbo Braille.
Enter the Recipient’s Address & Complete the Transaction
Be sure you have the recipient’s mailing address upon checkout.
BOOM! You did it! Your personalized braille card will soon be on its way and under the happy fingertips of someone very special.
Q&A with Maddie Spencer, FeelMyDots Owner
I’ve been working as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist and as a Certified Vision Rehab Therapist for 4 years! I work with all ages, though since I’m in Florida it is primarily 80 years young and up.
I was really inspired because my mother is blind and I wanted to send her a mother’s day card last year, but nothing like that existed. I spoke with a couple friends and family and we all agreed that there could possibly be a market out there for these cards. At first it was a lot of friends and family buying my cards! Thankfully others found my listings on Etsy.
As creative as you want! I’ve had wedding invitations, love notes, items for events, bridesmaid cards, you’re-going-to-be-a-
grandparent cards, cards in French, cards in Dutch, I really have seen a lot of custom projects. All you have to do is ask, and I’ve managed so far to create them! I’m not a graphic designer, but I feel I have an eye, so usually I’ll work with you and send ideas and drafts back and forth until we are both happy.
I have all types of cards, and I try to come up with new ones once a week or so. I am always trying to figure out a good way to make a tactile element on my cards. There are a few on there with Donald Trump hair, and I just thought it would be funny to be able to touch his hair. There’s fuzzy mustaches, felt carrots, fluffy bunny tails, and at Christmas a felt red reindeer nose.I recently have added cards with print words on them, previously they were completely in braille. However my shoppers aren’t necessarily the ones who read the braille, they see, so I decided I wanted to make the cards appealing for both people with and without vision.
I love my job! Sometimes I’m a therapist, sometimes I’m an O&M specialist, sometimes I’m a Vision Rehab Therapist (also a chair yoga teacher!). I work with the whole person and not one person is exactly like another. When I meet someone they are sometimes just down in the dumps, the lowest they’ve been. They are usually still going through the grieving process of losing their vision, and feel like they can’t accomplish anything independently anymore. Then I come in, we learn to sign our name again, we learn about resources in the community that can assist, we take the public transit, we learn how to cross streets, and this person who originally couldn’t muster the energy to get off the sofa is now reintegrated into society. It is really amazing to be a part of that, and I generally form very close bonds with my clients. It is always bitter sweet to finish training!I work with college students as well, helping them learn routes on campus; and I am always in awe at all the skills they have gained before stepping foot on that campus. Thank goodness for our TVI’s and O&M staff in the schools!
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