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Sir Trevor: My plea for 'accessible' books for the blind

PUBLISHED: 18:00 02 November 2007 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

Sir Trevor... supporting RNIB Year of Reading campaign

Sir Trevor... supporting RNIB Year of Reading campaign

Letter from Sir Trevor McDonald: THE New Year will be the National Year of Reading, a time to encourage people to celebrate the joy of reading. Sadly, three million blind, partially sighted, dyslexic and others risk being excl

Letter from Sir Trevor McDonald:

THE New Year will be the National Year of Reading, a time to encourage people to celebrate the joy of reading.

Sadly, three million blind, partially sighted, dyslexic and others risk being excluded from this nationwide event because of a lack of 'accessible' books.

A shocking 96 per cent of books published in the UK never make it into an accessible format, such as larger print, Braille, audio or electronic.

Book that are in accessible format are often available many months after the standard print version and much more expensive.

This 'book famine' limits learning, leisure and social opportunities, making the world a smaller place. Can you imagine a world without books?

The Royal National Institute of the Blind is urging people to lend support to the Right to Read campaign during National Year of Reading.

We will continue our campaign for everyone to have the right to read the same book at the same time, at the same price, and urge people to sign the online Declaration.

Sir Trevor McDonald, OBE

RNIB Supporter

c/o 105 Judd-street, St Pancras, London WC1H 9NE

www.rnib.org.uk/righttoread

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