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For Immediate Release
Xavier Society for the Blind on the Road
The week of May 20th, Kathleen Lynch, Executive Director of the Xavier Society for the Blind, traveled to Boston to visit the Carroll Center for the Blind and the Perkins School for the Blind. With Eileen Curran she was able to see the Carroll Center’s impressive residential and classroom facilities. At the Perkins Center Mrs. Lynch was briefed on the history of the education of the blind and she was able to confer with the library staff about developing technology and book selection. She found that the consumer advocates in the library often make referrals to the Xavier Society for the Blind for books of a spiritual nature.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to the offices of the National Braille Press the (NBP) in Boston. Mrs. Lynch toured the facility with Jefferson Lyons, Vice President of Operations, along with Jackie Sheridan and Nicole Tuttle.
Following the approval by the US. Catholic Bishop’s Conference of a new translation of the Bible, the Xavier Society for the Blind transcribed the new edition into Braille, and NBP contracted to produce 200 copies. The New American Bible, Revised Edition, is 45 volumes of interpoint Braille (ie, printing on both sides of the page) including notes and commentary. This is the largest job ever undertaken by the NBP, surpassing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Joy of Cooking. The new version of the Bible was approved for distibution on March 9, 2011, Ash Wednesday
This printing was the result of a year’s work by the Xavier Society for the Blind and the National Braille Press. This is an effort that will be appreciated for years by people across the country.
Reflecting on her trip, Mrs. Lynch said, “I found the tour of National Braille Press very interesting, and I was most impressed both by the technology used to undertake our project and by the talent and professionalism of the staff at NBP.” She went on to say that it is encouraging how well the transcription efforts of the Xavier Society for the Blind and the production at National Braille Press have combined to ensure that God’s Word is accessible to the blind community.
Based in New York City and founded in 1900, the Xavier Society for the Blind provides religious and spiritual material at no charge to blind and visually-impaired clients who cannot read traditional print materials. With clients throughout the United States, the XSB hosts the National Catholic Lending Library, and provides periodicals and other materials in Braille, large-print and digital audio CD’s. There is a major outreach program for veterans, and materials are available for download from the website for registered clients. Volunteers are always welcome, a number of special events have been scheduled to support the activities and programs of the XSB, and more information can be found at the Xavier Society website, www.xaviersocietyfortheblind.org.