Young library member Jodee is an inspiration to us all. Despite being blind, Jodee loves to read and write, and is a budding author too. DM Thomas Foundation for Young People grantee Living Paintings turned her first published book into a Touch to See tactile book.
Living Paintings create Touch to See books with raised pictures that come to life when people feel them. The tactile books include soundtracks which tell the picture’s story whilst directing the fingertips across the raised images. They describe what is being touched, felt and seen. All are designed to be shared with sighted friends, family and classmates. Jodee is just one of the children to have benefitted from the Living Paintings project. Her first published book in the Living Paintings series is called “Two Sisters go to the Fun Fair”. Jodee admitted that she liked books best that were about girls – Heidi is her all-time favourite book. ‘Two Sisters go to the Fun Fair’ features two sisters called Stacey and Tracey, and the tale is about all the things they get up to; although Jodee did confess that she didn’t like some of the faster fairground rides!
Living Painting’s Touch to See pictures have helped stimulate Jodee’s creative imagination; here she is with her very own tactile version of her self-penned publication. Jodee chose the tactile images for her Touch to See book herself and as you can see, she was very pleased with the final result!
Supporting children and young people with disabilities
One of the Foundation’s core focus areas is working with charities who work to improve the lives of children and young people with disabilities. In 2014 we provided 158 grants amounting to over £580,000. Living Paintings, who have helped children like Jodee discover the joy of reading are just one of the many charities who we are working with, to create brighter futures for people with disabilities. In 2014 we awarded Living Paintings with £7,500 to create three new books in their “ROAR!” series, all about Dinosaurs, which we’re sure will be well-loved editions.