[Community-service] Blindness, braille, community service

Jonathan Franks jfranks at nfbtx.org
Wed Jan 4 17:31:06 UTC 2017

Hello Darian and all,
A couple of examples of how I and or my chapter have utilized Braille
to benefit the community is as follows:

1.  I have worked with my Alma Matter, The University of Texas at
Austin in locating classrooms that do not have  placards with the room
number in braille on them. UT Austin is an old University and the
older buildings fall into a Grandfather clause and many do not have
Braille signs. Other rooms do have signs that are only the number of
the classroom and stand on top of the door frame. So, I have worked
with my University in putting Placards according to ADA standards.

2. I have worked with others in creating Braille menus for Austin area
restaurants. Occasionally, the restaurants want to give a donation for
our work, so this is a mini fundraising task if the restaurants choose
to donate.

I look forward to hearing from everyone else

Jonathan Franks BSW
National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division

On 1/4/17, Darian via Community-Service <community-service at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> As today is Louis Brielle's birthday, and we in the national Federation of
> the blind believe so strongly in the profound impact on braille on the lives
> of blind people, I wanted to know how you use braille in giving back to your
> community?
> Understand that it might sound odd, I mean… Using braille to give back to
> the community?
> Well… We use braille in many different parts of our life, seems reasonable
> that we would probably use it to give back?
> So, how do you, your friends, your chapter members, your division, your
> family, use braille to help you raise the expectations of blind people by
> serving in your community and living the life you want?
> Thanks,
> Darian
> Sent from my iPhone
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characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create
obstacles between blind people  and our dreams. You can live the life
you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

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