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Blind Kindergartner Creates Braille Labels for Grocery Store Use


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Blind Kindergartner Creates Braille Labels for Grocery Store Use

Many food retailers have labeling concerns, ranging from gluten-free to low calorie to vegetarian, and are increasingly working to meet consumers' demands. One concern they have yet to address how to best help the blind shop for groceries.

Until recently, the issue flew under the radar, but a Westlake, California, kindergartner, Josh Goldenberg, is set on tackling it. When shopping with his mother at Trader Joe's, Goldenberg realized that neither shelves nor food packaging featured labels in braille, NBC Los Angeles reported. He has since worked with the retailer to create his own to be used in the store.

"For him to be able to just go out and touch something and do this on his own, it makes him feel part of it instead of being [isolated,]" said Evan Goldenberg, the boy's father, the source reported.

Across the world, another blind man, James Bennet of Australia, is also working to improve the lives of the visually impaired, The New Castle Herald reported. Bennet has worked to help blind people enjoy wining and dining by partnering with restaurants to create braille menus. He also has worked with wineries, resulting in a variety of labels that feature both large print and braille.