Books in Braille

Published on: 8 Ionawr 2013 Author: Alex Strick

Braille FingersThe Bookmark blog is turning over a new leaf for 2013.

For starters, every month this year will see us choosing a different aspect of disability to talk about, often guided by a national awareness week, event or initiative.

As well as highlighting the particular subject, we'll put the activity of a relevant organisation, individual or project under the spotlight.

4-11 January is National Braille Week, so we are starting with the subject of Braille - and the work of a inspired woman to ensure children can access dual-format (braille and giant print) books.

Eileen Finch, a grandmother who is registered blind, couldn't find books to read to her grandchildren. So now her project - Access2books - publishes a range of popular children's books in giant print (75 point) and braille with illustrations. More people - disabled adults and children - can now share books with each other and their non-disabled family and friends. Below is her description of her books.

Who are the books for?

Disabled children and adults who can't access mainstream children's books today, including:

Those who are blind and others with sight impairments needing large print.
Many who are deaf/blind, with learning disabilities and dyslexia.
Those who have restricted eye, head or neck movements may find the books usable because the print is so big.

What makes them more accessible?

We use the RNIB recommended font Tiresias, embolden the print, remove all background and leave white space, enlarge or focus on important aspects of the illustrations to support the text, and you will find braille beneath all text and illustrations.

The books are beautifully handmade and we can therefore make some changes as required to make them more accessible. See the example showing the original of the The Gruffalo and the Access2books version:

Braille and Large Print Gruffalo book

Where can you get them?

County, town and school libraries have bought these books to loan to members. So you can ask them to stock them for you, or you can buy them direct from Access2books. RNIB and Northampton Association for the Blind have them in some resource centres, and they can also be ordered direct from them. Peter's Children's Books in Birmingham also have a copy of each book in their library for you to see.

DK Braille books


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