A local Denton woman has a passion and a mission.
As a mother of a son who was blind by the age of only two months old, Leslie Ligon is passionate about promoting braille literacy.Â It seems unbelievable but 90% of people who are blind or visually-impaired are unable to read braille.Â Unfortunately, braille illiteracy for a visually-impaired person can keep them from being fully independent.Â It greatly reduces their freedom and their chances of finding employment.Â Illiteracy, in any language, can keep a person isolated from so many great resources and experiences in the world around them.
Leslie Ligon is on a mission to do what she can to promote awareness of the importance of braille education, for both sighted people as well as those with visual impairments.
Leslie creates braille jewelry.Â What an incredibly wonderful and unique idea!
Most of her jewelry pieces consist of tiles and charms with raised braille letters that spell out inspiring words or even personalized words or names.
But At First Sight’s popular braille alphabet bracelet is especially unique.Â It is made of tiles that spell out the complete alphabet in braille with the corresponding letter stamped on the back of the tile.Â It is not only a beautiful bracelet that could be quite a conversation starter but it also serves as an effective and creative way for anyone to learn braille.
Leslie starting tinkering with the idea for her unique braille jewelry in 2001 and soon At First Sight Braille Jewelry was born.Â Since then her braille jewelry has been listed in the 2009 Forbes Woman Gift Giving Guide and the braille alphabet bracelet received the 2010 Smithsonianâ€™s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum People’s Design Award.
She Is Dallas Info: For more information about At First Sight Braille Jewelry, please call them at 214-675-4061 or visit their website.Â You can also find At First Sight Braille Jewelry on Facebook.Â Information about blindness and resources for the blind or visually-impaired can be found at the American Foundation for the Blind’s website.