The Braille Mission grew out of Braille Cards dot Com. The history of Braille Cards Dot Com began with a meeting between two friends; one sighted, Patrick J. Fischer and one blind, Bob Varney. Bob wanted to provide greeting cards that were available in Braille and other raised images since 1976. Patrick wanted to be able to send Bob an accessible braille card that he could re-read over and over again without the assistance of a reader.
On March 4, 2000, in Lamar, Missouri, Bob Varney had the idea to to produce braille greeting cards. Using AT&T dial up internet service, Patrick registered the domain BrailleCards.com. Later that month Patrick setup Braillecards, LLC and what started out as an idea, became Bob's dream come true.
Bob Varney passed in his sleep on December 24, 2002 and Braille Cards was stopped.
The Braille Mission was founded in 2006 and Braille Cards was brought back.
Christmas 2008, Braille Art was first created which is the Art you Touch, unlike most art you do not touch. A Braille Art is a picture that has words which relate to the picture. The words are embossed in braille and become part of the picture.
2009, PJ poet created a line of Braille Art called America's Energy Series
2014, due to hard times, the Braille Mission was closed.
2020, several organizations stepped up and are donating funds to enable the Braille Mission to return to increasing awareness about the importance of Braille and made the following goal:
Get more certified as Braille transcribers in literacy, math and music.
Help purchase braille displays for blind children.