National Braille Press to Bestow Hands On! Award to Tufts Health Plan

September 23, 2019

National Braille Press (NBP) will bestow its Hands On! Award to Tufts Health Plan. For three decades, Tufts Health Plan, a regional, non-profit health plan that provides health coverage to everyone regardless of age, income, or circumstance, has been a long time partner of NBP. In addition to being the publisher’s health care carrier, Tufts Health Plan has been a leading sponsor of NBP’s most significant fundraiser of the year, the “A Million Laughs for Literacy” gala since 2007. In addition, Tufts Health Plan’s employees have assembled more than 4,000 braille books for blind children during that time as part of their annual Volunteer Day. In June, Tufts Health Plan employees put together the children’s book “Miss Nelson is Missing.”

“Tufts Health Plan’s continued support of the National Braille Press has made a significant impact on our mission to promote braille literacy, and put books in the hands of blind children” said Brian Mac Donald, President of National Braille Press. “We are honored to have such a strong partnership with them, and are excited to have the opportunity to present the Hands On! Award to Tufts Health Plan. They have truly been a part of our family, looking out for our employees and the blind community.”

The award will be accepted by Tufts Health Plan president and CEO Tom Croswell at the NBP annual gala on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Museum of Science. “Our involvement with the National Braille Press is a true collaboration of like-minded organizations that share the common goal of supporting the health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Croswell. “We are truly grateful for this prestigious honor.” The event, “A Million Laughs for Literacy,” chaired by Tom Sullivan and Ted and Kathy Truscott, will also feature entertainment by comedian Pat McGann.

The Hands On! Award honors organizations or individuals who make significant strides in the world of braille and tactile literacy. Recipients have shown a commitment to making lifelong learning easier for the blind and visually impaired.
Past Hands On! Award recipients include: J.K. Rowling, first lady Laura Bush, and Reader’s Digest’s Partners for Sight Foundation.

About National Braille Press
National Braille Press (NBP) empowers the blind and visually impaired with programs, materials and technology, supporting braille literacy and learning through touch. NBP is a non-profit braille publisher and producer of braille products. For more information visit

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