Help Santa fill up his mailbag with accessible letters to you!

Santa's hands and beard are visible as he types on a Braille machine. He has a Braille letter, an audio CD, and a large print card beside him. He is also sitting beside a Christmas Tree.

23rd November 2023 – Christmas is fast approaching and we’re hoping that this year the festive period will be filled with cheer and happiness for all. The magic of the holiday season for children is never lost on us and this year Santa is making another huge effort for Vision Ireland and the children we support.

While the big man in the red and white suit will be busy alongside his elves at his workshop, he is once again committed to making his letters to children who are blind or vision impaired as accessible as possible.

Lina Kouzi, Head of the Vision Ireland Library Access Service said: “At Vision Ireland we want all children who are bind or vision impaired to be able to interact with Santa in the same way as their sighted peers and we’re glad that Santa agrees. He is back on board with Vision Ireland and An Post to make some dreams come true in accessible formats like Braille, audio CD, and large print.

“Santa has been helping us with this project for several years so he is a professional! We would urge anybody who is interested in swapping letters with Santa to get in touch with us as early as possible as we all know how busy Santa is at this time of year.”

Every year, Vision Ireland Library works with Santa and An Post to produce accessible Santa response cards for the children. This wonderful initiative gives all children who are blind or vision impaired the chance to interact with Santa in whichever format is most accessible for them.

Santa has become so advanced on accessibility that he is able to respond in Braille, audio CD, audio email, and large print. The initial card is produced at Santa’s special workshop at An Post. Vision Ireland Library then works with Santa to make sure that his responses are accessible.

If your child would like an accessible Santa Card, you can email a letter to: [email protected]. If you would prefer to send a physical letter, please send it to Santa, C/O Vision Ireland Library, Unit 29 Finglas Business Centre, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. There are additional Santa Post Boxes located in Vision Ireland Head Office on Whitworth Road and in Vision Ireland Offices around the country.

To make sure that Santa and his elves get it right during the busy festive season, please let Santa know if you would like an audio, Braille or large print response and please provide your address.

Please also keep in mind that Santa gets lots of post this time of year, so he needs to have your letters in by the 15th of December!