PROJECTS

ART SHOW: YOU CAN FEEL WHAT I SEE

This event is intended to showcase the artistic talents of visually impaired students and to provide these students with a creative outlet for self-expression. It is also to give the public a new perspective into the experience of a visually impaired person as they navigate a sighted world and to allow the public to see the world through the eyes of VI people through tactile artwork.

Any student in a Pinellas County school with visual impairment of any kind. Work must be the creation of the student with assistance only as needed. Collaborations between students is fine. If there is a question about this, just ask. While we love beauty, we are really interested in self-expression. Copying of commercial images is not allowed.

KIDDIE LIT PROGRAM

The Pinellas Braille Group initiated a program for young readers several years ago to help them and their families to learn to read and to learn to read braille.

​We work in concert with the Florida Instructional Materials for the Visually Impaired Center in Tampa, FL and with the public to obtain new or slightly used early reader books. Our members transcribe the print text of the books into braille, which we then place directly into the books on transparent label material. The print text shows through the braille, and families, teachers, friends and classmates can read along with the braille reader.

This highly successful program has brought over 1000 books to visually impaired student readers throughout the state of Florida over the course of 5 years.

To learn more about this program or to donate books, contact Mary Klein, vlkrie@aol.com or contact through this website.

TALKING BOOKS

Another function of the PBG is the digital recording of talking books.  The primary focus of the Digital Recording Volunteers is focused on young readers between 3 and 10 years of age. This is dubbed our "Kiddie Lit" program. Books for young readers with CD transcriptions of the texts, often accompanied by Braille texts, assist in reinforcing reading skills for kids. These ages are undeserved by traditional Talking Book Libraries and developing Braille skill sets early in life will serve them later.

By hearing the words they are reading in Braille the young readers can increase their reading skills and confidence.  Since the beginning of this program just a few short years ago the PBG has placed hundreds of these talking books in young hands through the FIMCVI (Florida Instructional Materials Center/Visually Impaired) division of the Florida Department of Education and other entities like Pinellas Lighthouse.

To learn more about this program or to volunteer, contact Gary Zeigler at gzeigler@tampabay.rr.com

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