We are often asked for Braille books by our partners, who seek to provide library services for people with visual impairment and blindness but often libraries are unable to obtain these resources locally. Assistive technology such as text-to-speech software is also often beyond the budgets of many libraries and individuals. Library books printed in Braille are vital to provide people affected by sight loss with the opportunity to support their education, enhance their skills and knowledge and read for pleasure.
These Braille books from Dorling Kindersley are part of a series designed especially for blind or partially sighted children and their parents and caregivers. As such, they are perfect for helping children who are affected by sight loss to learn about the world around them.
Each book has tactile illustrations alongside text printed in both English and Braille. A sighted adult can read aloud to a child, who can in turn read along with them in Braille whilst also experiencing the texture and shape of a furry kitten or fluffy cloud.
As Jemma Westing from DK’s Braille Concept Development Team says: “words and pictures will reach out to them and will inform them of some of the pretty amazing things about our planet. Sighted readers will be able to feel the images too and it will be a more interesting, exciting, and immersive experience. Both audiences can learn the same things by reading and sharing the same book.”
The books donated by the RNIB cover a wide range of topics and categories from biographies of inspirational people such as Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama to classic novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, plus children’s favourites including Harry Potter.
Soon, some of these books will be going on shipments to our partners in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
In Ethiopia, they will be enjoyed by people like Rosa and other secondary school pupils (pictured above) who use the Finote Rehabilitation for Women with Disabilities Association (FRWDA) resource centre in Addis Ababa. Click on the link below to learn more about the FRWDA resource centre and how it is supporting visually impaired pupils like Rosa. People affected by sight loss across Zimbabwe will also soon be making use of these books in their local libraries, supported by the Dorothy Duncan Braille Library which loans books by post to over 200 libraries throughout Zimbabwe.