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Woodwork and Braille

Liam feeling the word "love" in braille on the new bench
Braille is a big part of my family's life.  My son Liam, 8 years old, is deafblind and a braille reader.  I like to include braille around our home whenever possible. Below are two examples of how we have recently incorporated braille. 
 
 

Woodcarved Names         

Both of my boys' birthdays are in April.  My boyfriend had these wood-carved name plaques made for the boys for their birthday.  We added braille to them so that they were accessible to both my boys. They love them!

Liam written in wood lettering with wood dots for braillename plaques for Liam and Finn on a shelf with a framed photograph of the boys with their mother

 

Outdoor Wooden Bench       

My front porch had a wooden bench that was in need of some repair.  One afternoon my boyfriend surprised me by replacing almost all the boards and repainting it for me.  Of course, we added braille!  I thought it was a nice touch, but, most importantly, Liam was VERY excited to find that our bench included braille, spelling the word "love".  
 
Liam and Finn feeling the braille on the bencha wood bench with braille written in wooden pegs
 
 
wooden pegs used for braille
*For both examples we used wood glue and small wooden pegs for the braille.  These were purchased at Knechts home center, but can also be found at hobby stores, such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Collage of Woodwork and braille

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