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National Braille Press - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

National Braille Press
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160 (Local)
(617) 437-0456 (Fax)
(800) 548-7323 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

National Braille Press (NBP) is a nonprofit braille printer and publisher offering braille books, magazines, textbooks, tests, and customized embossing services.

The National Braille Press Bookstore has books for adults and children, print books for sighted teachers and parents, and braille gifts.

Everything Braille provides sources of braille publications, adaptive technology, tactile graphics, braille fun and games, and braille music.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM EST.
Number of staff: 40
Staff description: Uses volunteer groups in addition to staff.
Geographic area served: International.
Publications: Syndicated Columnists Weekly, Our Special, National Braille Press Release.


Brian MacDonald, President,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Technical, children's literature, self-help, textbooks and tests. On-demand materials include menus, event programs, business cards, airline safety brochures.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about availability of literature in alternate formats. Refers to other publishers where appropriate.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • ReadBooks! is a free national children's braille literacy program to encourage families with blind children to read print/braille books together.

      Sells alternate format books including technical, children's literature, self-help, textbooks and others. Products for sale via mail order catalog and online.

  • Education Services
    • Producer of braille and digital textbooks including tactile graphics. Producer of assessments for states K-12 and college including tactile diagrams and graphics.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers in-service training in braille transcription for employees of organization.


ReadBooks! Program

Ongoing Events/Programs

ReadBooks! Program: FREE braille book bags for kids!
Braille, print/braille, and tactile products for children
Books for Sighted Parents & Teachers
Children's Braille Book Club
Great Expectations Program

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