Seedlings Braille Books for Children

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Debra Bonde
Main Address:
14151 Farmington Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154

What We Do

Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a small non-profit dedicated to producing free and low-cost quality braille books for children with vision loss and their families all over the world.

In 1984 Debra Bonde founded Seedlings from her basement in Detroit. She found that braille materials were scarce and expensive, and unfortunately still are, sometimes costing $100+ per book. Debra's goals were to increase the availability and lower the cost of braille books for children in order to promote their literacy skills and the love of reading.

In 2020, with a small staff, and a group of loyal volunteers, Seedlings produced nearly 30,000 braille books and articles, 60% of which were given away for free! The others were distributed at an average of just $10 a book. Since 1984, Seedlings has distributed a grand total of 608,885 books equaling over 25 million pages of braille!

Interesting Info

In 2020 Seedlings was able to give away 60% of our books completely FREE!
Seedlings operates soley out of the small office in Livonia, Michigan with an 11 person staff and loyal volunteers.
Seedlings books are kept at a lower cost than what it takes to produce them, an average of only $10 a book.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Upcoming Events

Seedlings' 6th Annual Online Auction! November 10, 2021 - 8:00am to November 17, 2021 - 10:00pm Read more »

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