RNIB calls for end to discrimination

The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) plans to target politicians and libraries in its latest campaign to end discrimination against people with print-reading disabilities.

The charity intends to use the principle that everyone has ‘the right to read’ to persuade politicians to provide financial incentives for large-print, audio and braille publishers. It also wants the Government to invest in a ‘Right to Read Fund’, which would provide charities with resources to make more books accessible to disabled readers.

RNIB is using a report that found 96 per cent of books are never published in formats accessible to partially sighted people. Posters and trade media will be used in a bid to win public support.

‘The Government is pouring millions into literary initiatives, so why isn’t it doing anything for people with sight problems?’ said RNIB deputy head of comms Ciara Smyth.

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