Lucas, 7, and his love of Julia Donaldson books
June 3, 2020

When he was just a few months old, Lucas was diagnosed with Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) and Nystagmus. Now almost seven, he is a happy, healthy, curious and very determined child who loves music – particularly playing his keyboard – and absolutely anything space-related.

7-year-old Lucas smiling as he feels one of the tactile pictures in our Touch to See version of The Smeds and the Smoos

We recently heard from Lucas’ mum, Claire, who told us how important it’s been to Lucas’ educational and social development, to be able to access our tactile and audio books.

“We started getting Living Paintings books when Lucas was four, it opened up a whole new world to him.

Lucas says that he absolutely loves the feely pictures and the sound effects that are added to the audio picture descriptions for each page. He has become really good at following the instructions to navigate the tactile images.

The books have helped Lucas’ confidence grow in reading braille, and during lockdown have helped him to continue practicing his skills. It is fantastic that we are able to have access to such a brilliant resource for Lucas, especially during this strange time.”

Like many other children, Lucas is a big fan of Julia Donaldson books, particularly The Smeds and The Smoos, which features illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler. Here he is, telling his mum all about the tactile images in our Touch to See version of the book.

Lucas is one of the thousands of blind and partially sighted library members who need our unique Touch to See books now more than ever. Our free postal library is vital for blind and partially sighted children now being schooled at home, and for older isolated people for whom our books are a lifeline.

Please donate to our urgent appeal to help isolated blind people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Demand has increased dramatically over the past couple of months, and we are absolutely committed to continuing to provide our library service. But we are facing huge challenges including the loss of significant income from planned fundraising events. Please give your support to ensure we can continue to operate in these difficult and unprecedented times.

A donation of £20 could provide an isolated blind person with Touch to See books for the next four months.

Please visit our crowdfunding page, donate if you can, and share with your friends, family and wider networks.

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