In 1919, J. Robert Atkinson, a Montana cowboy, was blinded by an accidental gunshot wound. Atkinson learned braille and began translating print books to create his own personal library. From this simple beginning the Braille Institute has grown into a powerful, non-profit organization that provides educational and advocacy services for blind or visually impaired individuals, their teachers, parents and family members. The institute, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, has several centers throughout Southern California from which it offers services.
Among the services the Braille Institute offers are a braille and talking book library, braille press services, public education (seminars and speakers), and programs for promoting independent lifestyles. Visit the organization's web site for additional information, including a free catalog of Braille Institute products, or use the contact information that follows.
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Toll Free: 800-272-4553