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
After completing the Filipino braille Bible, Dr. Lown immediately began work in other dialects of the
Philippines. Soon he also added cassette Bibles, for those who did not read braille. Large print versions
were also added for those who could not see well enough to read regular print. All of these Bibles were
distributed free of charge around the Philippines to those who needed 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 with the Philippine government as a
non-profit charitable organization serving the blind.
With a well trained staff of thirty Filipino specialists, Resources for the Blind now provides a full
spectrum of services to blind persons nationwide. We are devoted to removing the obstacles that prevent
blind Filipinos from reaching the fullest potential that God has for them. This involves us in counseling,
rehabilitation, education, and training. We are also actively involved in preventing blindness and in
restoring sight whenever possible.
With over half a million visually impaired persons in the Philippines, we must continue to find ways to
reach out to those who are in need of our services. Working together with the Lord, we can truly turn
darkness into light for thousands of our blind friends in every corner of the Philippines.