Daughters of the American Revolution member Judy Clements Dyer found a creative way to celebrate Constitution Week this year. She designed an exhibit showcasing the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution in Braille, in order to make these historic documents available and accessible to the blind and visually impaired.
As a member of the Philadelphia Winn Chapter DAR in Lawrenceville, she is dedicated to educating all of Georgia's citizens on the importance and relevance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. She also serves on the Georgia DAR Constitution Week Committee.
During the 2018 Constitution Week Celebration, Judy shared her exhibit at the Open House for the Georgia Library for the Blind at its new location in downtown Atlanta. Her exhibit featured the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Pledge to the American Flag, entirely in Braille. She also displayed Fun Facts about the Constitution, both in print format and in Braille, for sighted and blind readers. As a former librarian for 25 years, what she found most gratifying was the number of blind library users who enjoyed reading the founding documents of our republic in Braille, many for the first time.
Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, who is also a DAR member, attended the Open House and spoke encouragingly to those in attendance about the importance of reading and making use of Braille and the latest technology available through the library.
This library is a part of the Georgia Public Library Service and is known as GLASS (Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Service), and serves over 16,000 active users who are blind or visually impaired. As our population ages, the need for services to the blind will continue to grow. GLASS provides accessible resources, assistive technology, and reading and audio materials to print-impaired readers all across Georgia.