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THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BRAILLE PRESS IN LISBON, PORTUGAL AND JOS, PLATEAU STATE, NIGERIA, PURSUANT TO THE REALIZATION OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE MARRAKESH TREATY OF 2013. PROMOTING EDUCATION AND COMPUTER LITERACY FOR THE BLIND.

S. Adeoye from Zukunft für das Leben (ZfL) gUGWrite a message

Redemption International for the Blind is seeking to address the book famine or thirst which is currently hampering blind literacy worldwide. According to available statistics, to the Blind and the Visually Impaired living in the developed world, only %5 of published books is accessible to them, which leaves %95 of such books inaccessible to the Blind and the Visually Impaired in the developed world. To the Blind and the Visually Impaired living in the developing world, the situation is even more critical, as less than %1 of all published books is accessible to them, which leaves more than 99% of such books still inaccessible to them.
Prior to 2013, copyright laws were said to be the major inhibition. However, following the coming into force of the internationally binding treaty otherwise known as the Marrakesh Treaty, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) successfully dealt with the issue of copyright in situation concerning making published books accessible to the Blind, the Visually Impaired and the Print Disabled.
Empowering the Blind through education means making him literate and employable, which in turn empowers him economically, empowering the Blind economically lifts not only him out of poverty, but also his family members, thereby making him less a nuisance and a burden to his community and society.
We would equally be availing the Blind and the Visually Impaired who are not computer literatethe opportunity to be trained on how to use the computer, as we will not only be putting books into braille, but also other alternative formats that would require the use of the computer devise.