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Braille library brings light & power to visually impaired

12-03-2011 15:02 BJT

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The biggest braille library in China has been completed in Beijing. With thousands of books in various fields, and all kinds of helpful tools, the library offers visually impaired people a brand new way of enjoying reading.

With more than 50,000 books available, along with audio materials, a nationwide circulation service, classes and seminars, and entertainment activities, the library marks a new chapter in the lives of China’s visually impaired.

With thousands of books in various fields, and all kinds of helpful
tools, the library offers visually impaired people a brand new way
of enjoying reading.

But it’s not easy to turn a normal book to braille. Proofreaders often need to check the copy 3 times, word by word.

Li Weiyi and Yin Menglan are one of the newest pair of proofreaders in the library. They have checked and edited 20 books in just 3 months.

Li Weiyi, proofreader of China Braille Press, said, "In the beginning, I was not familiar with reading by touching pages. Sometimes I made mistakes in English pronunciation which brought trouble to my partner, Menglan. I practiced a lot. And now, I think I am qualified for this work. "

Yin Menglan, proofreader of China Braille Press, said, "There are not enough Braille books for visually impaired people. I hope I can do my best to bring give people a more colorful life through reading."

The library provides visually impaired people with not only books, but also audio equipment with which they can listen to rather than read the books.

Tang Lizhen, researcher & developer, said, "China braille press has independently developed products for blind people since 2005. Our teams work on useful tools such as touching, hearing and residual visual. We devote ourselves to producing things for those who need them the most."

Authorities say China has about 10 million visually impaired people. China’s Braille Press offers a comprehensive service for the visually impaired. They hope their vital service can give people used to living in the dark, light and empowerment.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source:

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