Our mission was founded in 1900 by Rev. Joseph Stadelman, SJ and Margaret Coffey, a blind teacher of blind children. Margaret wanted her students to have the same access to catechetical materials, to prepare them for the Sacraments, that their sighted classmates had. She spent her life savings of $350 (the equivalent of $11,000 today) to purchase the technology required to produce ‘raised print’ e.g. braille. Over 120 years later, we continue to make this a top priority. All of our materials continue to be provided free-of-charge worldwide. We serve many children in CCD preparing for their First Communion, Confirmation, etc. with braille textbooks. A listing of just some of these titles can be found here. If you are a parent or teacher of blind children, and you need a CCD textbook in braille, please get in touch with us ASAP by emailing email@example.com.
In addition to textbooks, we have many great children's books and young adult books available in our library ranging from biographies of saints and other historical figures to inspirational stories and tales of a positive nature.
If your child is just starting his/her braille journey, we help coordinate the mailing of The Funny Alphabet. This great book teaches the braille alphabet and is available in English and Spanish. Each letter has its own tactile example (E.g. a plush Koala bear for the letter 'K', a comb for the letter 'C'). Like all of our materials, this title is provided free-of-charge worldwide. For more information on any of our offerings, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us Monday to Friday (8 a.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET) 212-473-7800 or 800-637-9193.