[blindkid] Braille Alphabet Bracelet wins national People's DesignAward
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From: blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:blindkid-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Leslie Ligon
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2010 1:29 PM
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Subject: [blindkid] Braille Alphabet Bracelet wins national People's
The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presented its
fifth People's Design Award to the Braille Alphabet Bracelet Thursday,
Oct. 14, at its 11th annual National Design Awards gala in New York.
White House Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnoughand fashion designer
Cynthia Rowley announced the winning design and presented the award to
Leslie Ligon, designer of At First Sight Braille Jewelry.
After thousands of votes were cast during the course of the People's
Design Award competition, the Braille Alphabet Bracelet---a bracelet
featuring the entire alphabet in Braille on the front and print in the
back---emerged as the public's favorite design.
Ligon, the mother of a blind son, created the line of functional Braille
jewelry to increase awareness of Braille literacy. According to the
American Foundation for the Blind, as few as 10 percent of people who
are legally blind learn to read and write Braille. Several studies
indicate that at least 90 percent of the blind that hold jobs are
Braille literate. Braille literacy enables the vision impaired to read
and write for themselves and is often seen as a gateway to independence.
A percentage of the company's net profits are donated to Braille
literacy organizations, including National Braille Press and BrailleInk.
"I'm delighted that the public has chosen to honor the Braille Alphabet
Bracelet, which looks good, communicates without a glance and feels
great too!" said Bill Moggridge, director of the museum.
Marianne Cusato, designer of the Katrina Cottage, was selected as the
first People's Design Award winner in 2006. Toms Shoes, a company that
gives away a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair sold,
received the award in 2007, and the Zo-n Hearing Aid took home the award
in 2008. In 2009, the winner was the Trek Lime Bicycle, a coasting bike
designed for the casual rider.
To watch her acceptance speech go to this link.
Eirc Ligon (Leslie's husband)
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