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I’m taking a break from posting on this blog to research and write some new books. To stay up to date with my work and my events, please visit and LIKE my Facebook page and check out the recent and archived issues of Flying Tidings, my occasional newsletter.

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Starbucks in braille Spanish

Six Dots: Insight #10

Now that our phones are also cameras, it’s easy to be a good photographer and to participate in photo contests. Here’s one, sponsored by the National Braille Press, that raises awareness of braille use around the world, is easy to enter, and ends on March 31st.

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blind voters

Six Dots: Insight #9

Here in the U.S., we take private, independent voting for granted. But did you know that prior to 2002, when The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) became law, blind or visually impaired voters had to have a sighted person come into the booth with them and mark their ballot for them? Today, polling places are

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2016 Grammys

Six Dots: Insight #8

You may have already seen, on my Facebook page, this video clip of music legend Stevie Wonder, announcing the Song of the Year winner at the 2016 Grammys: Louis Braille himself would have LOVED that moment—and the one that followed, as Stevie invited support for universal accessibility to knowledge and information. What Stevie was referring

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Six Dots: Insight #7

Six Dots is now two weeks old! The creative team at Knopf, illustrator Boris Kulikov, and I, are delighted that the book has thus far received excellent reviews and three stars (from Publisher’s Weekly, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and School Library Journal). You can read what the reviewers say about it. Also,

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Braille reader

Six Dots: Insight #6

Note: With the publication of Six Dots just a few days away, I’m receiving some interesting questions from book people across the country! In the next several posts, I’ll choose one of these questions and share my answer here on Insights. Q: Can you share a story about how braille is combining with modern technology? A: I’m

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Six Dots

Six Dots: Insight #5

Note: With the publication of Six Dots just a month away, I’m receiving some interesting questions from book people across the country! In the next several posts, I’ll choose one of these questions and share my answer here on Insights. Q: Why did you choose Helen Keller’s quote for your book? A: In a televised

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audio books at the New Jersey State Library and Talking Braille and Book Center

Six Dots: Insight #4

Here in the U.S., the Braille language is all around us—in our schools, churches, public libraries, office  buildings and restaurants. But how much do we notice it? And how much do we, the sighted, stop to think about those with visual impairment? Take the following brief quiz and see how much you know (all statistics

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Six Dots by Boris Kulikov

Six Dots: Insight #3

Visual impairment does not equal intellectual impairment. The Braille family knew this, the students at the Royal School for the Blind knew this, and Louis Braille—most of all—knew this. But even in our supposedly more enlightened 21st century, we need to be reminded that those who are differently-abled share the same human spirit, intellectual capacity,

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Six Dots: Insight #2

“To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.” —Anthony Burgess It is fortunate indeed that Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, a small village about 25 miles east of Paris. Had he been born at a much greater distance from the capital city, who knows if his teachers would have heard

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