April 29, 2005

Dear Ms. Mayster,

...Thank you for the beautiful scarf with the woven Braille inscription.

I admire you for working to promote the instruction of Braille and make the arts available for people who are blind.

I look forward to reading your material and sharing it with my projects office. The scarf will always remind me of your good work.

With best wishes.

Laura Bush



Washington DC

June 6, 2005

Dear Jennifer

...I am writing to express my support and thank you for your participation in The Textile Museum’s Celebration of Textiles for the past two years.

The demonstrations of the Mayster loom and hands-on opportunities you provided for visitors to weave their name in fabric were an integral part of Celebration of Textiles and an enriching experience for the public. I was thrilled to see that your table was surrounded by visitors eager to learn more about this unique loom and observe-both visually and tactilely-how each letter is represented in the woven textile.


Carly Ofsthun


Washington, DC

...Mrs Mayster has routinely volunteered to assist the visually impaired and has repeatedly shown her commitment to improve their quality of life.


Antoine Johnson


Washington DC

...We met Jennifer Mayster through a mutual friend, who praised her unselfish dedication for helping the blind. Because we share the same interest in helping the blind it was a natural union. She holds two traits I hold in high regard personally and professionally they are integrity and respect. Working with her is an absolute pleasure. Jennifer is teaching Braille skills that build confidence and self-esteem. With help from grants, bonds, and other community volunteer groups Jennifer is creating a win-win situation.


Susan Shrader, President

It is one of the most beautiful compensations in this life that no man can sincerely help others without helping himself.



Your New Friend,

Blake Lindsay

When people ask me who my heroes are, I quickly consider Louis Braille as a prime example.  Louis Braille only lived for a short 43 years, but in that time, successfully accomplished one of the most unique and meaningful missions for people who are blind. It was an amazing contribution to the world of visually impaired people. Today, I often wonder how I could have survived in the world without learning about Braille’s remarkable method of communication.  Braille has been a major contributor to my independence since I was six years old. Louis was not just an ordinary man; he was an extraordinary visionary and quite simply … a genius! 

Through the past fifteen years, speech software technology has been extremely helpful to us.  The only down side, is that Braille has unfortunately been put on the back burner.  The lack of urgency to teach Braille is to the point that only 10% of people who are blind are currently learning this special code.  While I certainly appreciate the use of speech software technology that I’m even utilizing to write this story, I can personally affirm that there is still a need for Braille today.  It has even been scientifically proven, that reading exercises a part of our brains, that hearing alone, isn’t able to accomplish.

There is an extraordinary lady by the name of Jennifer Mayster, who has a true passion for Braille.  She took it upon herself to invent a special table loom which was  patented in 2003.  This loom literally teaches the art of Braille to people who are both blind, and sighted. Two of Jennifer’s Patented Mayster Braille Looms have been donated to our Dallas Lighthouse by the Chicago-based Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation. 

On December 2nd and 3rd, a number of our staff, along with some additional people, who are working directly with those who are blind and visually impaired, got together for a special two day workshop conducted in the new Dallas Lighthouse business services center conference room.  It was fascinating and fun, to have Jennifer Mayster herself present to facilitate this special seminar.  Most of us, including me, enjoyed weaving for the very first time, and Jennifer made it seem as easy as anyone possibly could.  It was an exciting hands-on experience as we successfully embossed a tactile code on the out of the ordinary loom. 

This special Mayster table-top loom resembles the Perkins Braille Writer keyboard.  It has seven keys on the top, that look and feel like the keys on the writer. The Mayster Braille Loom is a weaving loom that will be used as a teaching tool to keep Braille alive, by educating and reinforcing the skills and knowledge of using a Perkins Braillewriter. This loom can feasibly teach people who are sighted to weave a code of colors.  It can also be beneficial in teaching people who are blind to weave a code in which each dot is comprised of a material with a different texture.  Both children and adults can use this loom.  Many of us are committed to learning more, and teaching this to others in Texas.