UK charity RNIB launches campaign for book accessibility

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Monday, 7 March 2011 10:19am

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has launched an online campaign to raise awareness of the large number of books that are inaccessible to the blind and vision impaired, particularly children.

The UK charity and provider of audio, braille and large-print books has named it the “I’d miss…” campaign, encouraging people to consider the children’s stories that they would have missed had they been unavailable. According to RNIB, less than 5% of books are available in braille, audio and large print.

As part of the campaign, to mark World Book Day on 3 March, RNIB are encouraging people to post the name of their favourite children’s book on the RNIB Facebook page. Top entries have included classics such as The Magic Faraway Tree collection, The Hobbit, Enid Blyton’s The Malory Towers series, “every book by Roald Dahl” and one entry said “I'd miss every fairy tale that taught me how to dream and to imagine anything possible.”

View the promotional campaign video on YouTube. You can also view an audio described version of the video.

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