The Kenwood Press
News: 08/15/2018

Oakmont group creates braille, tactile aids for children



visual aids group members holding check
Members of the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop hold up the LIFE Grant check. (L to R) Glenna Yee, Jean Stewart, Marcia Murray, Bev Singer, and Meg Hurt.


By Meg Hurt
Each week on Monday morning, 40-50 women volunteer to create tactile and braille materials to promote literacy in children with special needs who are visually or mentally impaired. There are presently 36 different concept books created year-round by the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop. To date, more than 100,000 concept books have been distributed to educators worldwide free of charge, including shipping. These materials are now in over 25 countries and in all 50 U.S. states and territories.
Glenna Yee, an Oakmont resident, has been instrumental in obtaining two $500 grants for the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a group of women educators. These two grants were specifically given to the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop to provide the braille and tactile materials to children in California.
If you know any teacher, school, school district, or educator who desires these free materials, please go to www.teachersaidsforblindchildren.org to find the products and order form, or contact the group at 539-1611 or 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A, Santa Rosa.