It’s social justice that all (sighted and blind) kids who areÂ excited to read should have access to these reading materials, particularly when it is a cultural phenomenon. No one wants to be left out.
This past week, 15 PMDÂ volunteers confidentially collated, folded,Â married, checked, and stitched nearly 600 copies ofÂ volume 7 of 10 ofÂ Harry Potter and theÂ Deathly Hallows andÂ then helped box and labelÂ theÂ two large boxes containing each braille bookÂ forÂ shipping for the National Braille Press.
More than 850 PMD volunteers have assisted the National Braille Press since 1993. PMDÂ volunteers have been helpingÂ makeÂ the braille Harry Potter books since the release of Goblet of Fire within a month of the print release in 2000.Â PMD volunteersÂ also did the Order of the Phoenix in 2003, andÂ the Half-Blood Prince in 2005-The latter wasÂ also released the same day as the print version, thanks to Scholastic allowing the Press access to the files in advance of the release date. Hopefully more publishers will give early access to the Press since it has demonstratedÂ repeatedly that it can operate according to strict confidentiality standards.
On behalf of all 15 PMD volunteers bound by strict confidentiality agreements, I particularly thank the spouses, partners, friends, family, and employers who were patient when we volunteers uncharacteristically weren’t able to tell you exactly what we’d been doing this past week.
Elizabeth and David team up to collate pages of volume 7.
Melissa carefully foldsÂ sections of volume 7.
Pat and MarthaÂ marry sections and check page numbers.
JanÂ meticulously checks page numbers.
Â Ellen stitches together volume 7.