A braille book library for children – Feelix library

I just got told about this service by my daughters speech therapist, the Feelix Library. They have “kits” you can borrow. Each kit contains the original picture storybook annotated with braille, an audio CD or DAISY recording of the story, some tactual aids to help the child enter the world of the story and a little handbook with tactile graphics so that children can tell the story to themselves or others.

The ‘Feelix Library’ for children is Vision Australia’s response to the need for very young children who are blind or have low vision, to have access to stories like their sighted peers. Parents and siblings can then share wonderful stories together with their child or sibling, and learn about braille. The echidna, called ‘Feelix’ is the symbol of the library, chosen because the echidna has poor vision with very good olfactory and tactual skills.

The name Feelix refers to the feeling of braille dots and the Feelix logo includes the words ‘I can feel the words’ in print and braille. Each child receives a small plastic echidna as their borrowing card – a tag is attached with their name and number brailled on it.

Library membership

Membership of the Feelix library is open to all young children who are blind or have low vision (aged 0-7years) living in the States and Territories where Vision Australia operates.

please see the link below for more details:

http://www.visionaustralia.org/living-with-low-vision/library/feelix-library

feelix-kit mum-and-child-reading

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