I live alone, but with braille I am never lonely.
— Mary, NM
The Spring into Braille Reading program is back! Whether you are a new reader looking to increase your reading vocabulary or speed, or an experienced braille reader who enjoys reading for pleasure, you can join in the fun.
To participate in the prize drawing, you must read a minimum of 100 single-sided braille pages. You will be entered in the drawing based on the number of pages read as follows:
You also will earn one Hadley Student Bonus Entry if you are currently enrolled or complete a Hadley course during the duration of the program.
The grand prize winner will receive a braille copy of "Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius" by Michael Mellor and a $50 Amazon.com gift card. Four additional winners will each receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
The program is open to all current and former Hadley students in ACE, HS, FE or HSPS Programs who read braille by touch or by sight. Learning braille through Hadley is not required. You may read braille to yourself or to others, including your children or students.
All braille paper sizes are acceptable. Pages may have any number of words, but the entire page must be read. You may read any level of contracted or uncontracted material, including braille-only or Twin-Vision print-braille books. Materials may be mass or individually produced. Hard-copy or downloadable braille is acceptable. You may NOT count Hadley course materials or textbooks, and speech access is not permitted.
The reading program runs April 1 through May 31, 2013. Completed reading logs must be received at Hadley by June 14. The random drawing will be held July 1. Winners will be notified by email or telephone.
All participants must register online, or by telephone. Registration begins March 15 and ends May 31, 2013. If you do not have Internet access, contact Debbie Siegel or Linn Sorge at 800-323-4238 after March 15 to register by phone.
Upon registration, you will be emailed a username and password, which will allow you access to the electronic reading log to keep track of your reading selections.
If you cannot complete the reading log using our electronic log you may complete it in braille or print by downloading the Spring into Braille Alternate Reading Log and Mailing Instructions (text format). Email or mail completed print reading logs to Debbie Siegel email@example.com. Mail completed braille reading logs to Linn Sorge, The Hadley School for the Blind, 700 Elm St., Winnetka, IL 60093.
Consider our reading suggestions for contracted and uncontracted braille readers for ACE/HS students (List of Braille Reading Material Sources for ACE and HS in text format) or HSPS/FE students (List of Braille Reading Material Sources for HSPS and FE in text format). If you are new to reading braille, you might enjoy reading short stories, poems or your favorite children's books. Experienced braille readers can discover new authors or genres. Challenge yourself to read more pages than last year or to read something new.
For further information, or to request a hard copy of the Spring into Braille Reading Log and Mailing Instructions for Braille Users in contracted braille, contact Debbie Siegel firstname.lastname@example.org or Linn Sorge email@example.com. If you prefer using braille format files, download a zip file which includes reading log and mailing instructions, and a list of braille reading sources.
It's time to Spring into Braille reading!