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School Will Translate Children’s Books to Braille

Elisha Zuaro and MJ Hayes pose for photo.
Elisha Zuaro, reading specialist at FSDB, and local children's author MJ Hayes (Contributed photo).

Local children’s author MJ Hayes recently announced that her books will be translated into braille. The announcement comes after Hayes and Elisha Zuaro, reading specialist at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, discussed two of her books that address deaf and blind children. “Emma’s House of Sound” is the story about a deaf child who puts on a silent concert to show the meaning of deafness and “Dakota Help Me See the Light” is the story about a blind 8-year-old who has equine therapy with Dakota, the horse.

The books will be available in the school’s library and Hayes will donate copies to the St. Augustine Main Street Library and other schools that specialize in educating deaf and blind students.


About FSDB The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To learn about eligibility for enrollment or arrange for a campus tour, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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