About Judith Dixon Writer. Advisor. Lover of braille.

Judith Dixon outdoors in front of the Boston Public Library with her German shepherd guide dog, PotterFor many years, Dr. Judith Dixon has promoted the use of braille and been a frequent pioneer in pushing the limits of technology and exploring its benefits for people who are blind. Diagnosed as legally blind at nine days old, she has devoted her life’s work cultivating space for the blind and visually impaired. Her involvement has spanned across the National Library Service within the Library of Congress, working as the authoritative resource on providing equitable library and information services for the print disabled as the Consumer Relations Officer. When the internet exploded at the turn of the 21st century, she was ahead of the curve and quickly realized the need to highlight the importance of media access for tactile readers. Dr. Dixon is a major point of contact between established organizations, universities, libraries, and consumer environments regarding web and print accessibility. She is an expert researcher on braille literacy.

In her personal time, Dr. Dixon enjoys attending Ski For Light events, held by the non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the visually and mobility impaired how to cross-country ski. In the 1970s and 1980s, she was a competitive skier and participated in the 1980 Paralympic games in Geilo, Norway. In more recent years, she has been an active member of the Board of Directors, holding the office of President for four years, Treasurer for 12 years, and Secretary for 14 years, and has managed all the activities at 11 annual events.

Her love of braille and braille writing devices shines on her website, which showcases her vast collection of braille slates she’s collected from around the world. She is highly technologically savvy, and enjoys using the internet daily with a screen reader and braille display.