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Re: Books in Braille

From:

Paul Jarman <[log in to unmask]>

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Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff.

Date:

Tue, 6 Feb 2007 12:23:06 -0000

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Dear Emma,

I am just so glad that you have put this message on the newsgroup because it
highlights a fact that has just been so well hidden from the public by the
RNIB.  You mention that, On Reveal, it says that the books are supposed to
be in Braille, and yet, when you ask, RNIB say that they aren't.  Well,
almost certainly the reason for this is because the RNIB had a secret cull
of their Braille stocks about two years ago, and that wasn't the first one
either.  They APPARENTLY looked at what books were and weren't being
borrowed on a regular basis from the library, and used that as a measure by
which to decide to destroy a great deal of the stock.  I actually
saw--although I wasn't supposed to--a list of books that were being chucked,
and it was very depressing indeed.  I think that there were a few, like me,
who argued that even if a book hadn't been borrowed for the last twenty
years that didn't justify its destruction, quite simply because, the fact
that the RNIB have practically given up bothering to Braille any serious
educational books any more means that once a book is chucked it has very
little chance of ever being Brailled again.  I simply cannot see the
justification for ever getting rid of a book which someone has once taken
the trouble to put into a medium like Braille.  It's just criminal.  Sadly,
I have a feeling that the NLB (National Library for the BLind) also had a
very similar cull, and the fact that they are to be taken over anyway by the
RNIB makes the future look very bleak indeed for those of us who care
passionately about Braille.  I'm sorry to say it but Braille really seems to
have become the second-class medium for serious study purposes, and
organisations who ought to care about this most important of all inventions
for the blind do nothing whatever to help in this matter.  RNIB are
interested in one thing and one thing alone: Brailing things like bank
statements and telephone bills, simply because they can make so much money
out of these from the multi-nationals.  Brailling BOOKS for people to
actually READ, now scarcely features on their agenda at all.

Do you have printed copies of these books?  If so, excuse the obvious
question, but what about just scanning?  Is it a time factor?  I could
possibly help you if you wish.  Write to me off list if that would be of
help.

Paul.

Paul Jarman,
Disability Support Officer,
2.39 Francis Bancroft Building,
Queen Mary, University of London,
Mile End Road,
LONDON.  E1 4NS
Tel.: +44 (0)20 7882-2757,
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882-5223,
E-Mail: [log in to unmask]

-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff.
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Uden, Emma L
Sent: 06 February 2007 10:36
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Books in Braille


I am trying to locate several books in Braille:
The Two Executioners-Fernando Arrabal (London: John Calder 1962)
The Bald Prima Donna, trans.-Antonio Ionesco (Donald Watson (London: Calder,
1977.)
I have checked on reveal web and although it says they are available via
RNIB or NLB the student has contacted them and they are not available. We
have tried the publisher but they do not have them in electronic as they are
very old texts. What do I do now? Do I need to get the books transferred
into electronic, then into Braille can anyone suggest a company, how
expensive is this likely to be?
Any answers/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Regards,
Emma Uden
Disability Adviser
Student Enabling Centre
University of Wolverhampton
www.wlv.ac.uk/sec
Tel: 01902 321353
Fax:01902 321021

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