Introducing Julie Woods, aka “that Blind woman”. Julie will be telling tales of Braille and taking names, literally, she’s gathering names in Braille. Julie will enlighten us about Braille, open the floor to our inquisitive audience for a kids Q & A,  and will also be providing some Colour by Braille pages. Julie is a wonderful storyteller and advocate, in fact she’s all round fantastic! Please join us to discover Braille and meet that blind woman.


After her session Julie will be available to produce your name in Braille for her project One Million names in Braille, You’ll just have to line up behind me :). Read below to find out the aim and origin of the project:

1 million names in braille logo

One million names in braille is a dream of that blind woman Julie Woods to transcribe into braille the names of one million people she comes into contact with.

In 2012, after having the reverse side of her business card printed with the braille alphabet, Julie began writing in braille the names of people she came in contact with.

Julie and her husband Ron Esplin then set themselves a goal to visit the Seven Wonders of the World. It was while travelling overseas that Julie began writing the names of their guides in braille, when one day a young porter in an Indian Hotel burst into tears and said “Words cannot describe how I am feeling right now.”

So that got Julie to thinking…… why don’t I transcribe the first name of one million people into braille….. to connect the world with dots.

Julie set about chasing her dream when, on the day she had been blind for 20 years, she wrote 1 million names in braille on a small piece of paper,  in the code itself and popped it in a jar in her office.

So she’s off…..

“If people don’t laugh at you when you share your dreams, then you’re not dreaming big enough!”

Tavis Smily!


If you’d like to learn a little more about Julie and the work she does she has a pretty wicked web presence. Click here to explore.

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