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  • Dr. Arthur Lown
Resources for the Blind began as a personal project of Dr. Arthur Lown to produce a Braille version of the Filipino Bible. Blind since childhood, Dr. Lown had retired as Director of the Atlanta Public Schools Services for Blind Students in 1970 and moved from the United States to the Philippines to serve as the administrator of the Manila branch of the Summer Institute of Linguistics. In 1980, three blind Filipino pastors, learning about Dr. Lown's interest in Bible translation, visited him to request his help in transcribing the Filipino Bible into Braille. Thus began the first project of what would become Resources for the Blind.

After completing the Filipino Braille Bible, Dr. Lown immediately began work in Brailling other dialects of the Philippines. Soon he also added cassette and large print Bibles for those who could not use Braille. All of these Bibles were distributed free of charge around the Philippines to those who wanted them. Resources for the Blind began as a personal project of Dr. Arthur Lown to produce a Braille version of the Filipino Bible.
Blind since childhood, Dr. Lown had retired as Director of the Atlanta Public Schools Services for Blind Students in 1970 and moved from the United States to the Philippines to serve as the administrator of the Manila branch of the Summer Institute of Linguistics. In 1980, three blind Filipino pastors, learning about Dr. Lown's interest in Bible translation, visited him to request his help in transcribing the Filipino Bible into Braille. Thus began the first project of what would become Resources for the Blind.

After completing the Filipino Braille Bible, Dr. Lown immediately began work in Brailling other dialects of the Philippines. Soon he also added cassette and large print Bibles for those who could not use Braille. All of these Bibles were distributed free of charge around the Philippines to those who wanted them.

As requests for other kinds of assistance became more frequent, Dr. Lown asked permission from the Summer Institute of Linguistics to devote himself full time to the needs of blind Filipinos. In 1988, he gathered a Board of Directors and formally registered Resources for the Blind, Inc. (RBI) with the Philippine government as a non-profit charitable organization serving the blind.

Dr. Lown retired in the early 1990’s and returned to the United States. In 1993 he registered Resources for the Blind International, Inc. (RBII) as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization. Resources for the Blind International, Inc. supports the work in the Philippines in various ways, as well as developing our partnerships in other countries.

Since the first project of producing Braille Filipino Bibles, Resources for the Blind has expanded to three offices in the Philippines with over 60 staff and one office in the U.S. Our desire is that those who are visually impaired will also be reached throughout the entire world through our partnerships with other Christian organizations, mission agencies, and churches. Our overall mission is to provide a holistic array of programs and services to meet the needs of those who are blind and to help them reach their God-given potentials in life and service.





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