Abu Dhabi, April 14 (IANS/WAM) The National Archives here is exploring the possibility of launching Braille versions of books on the history and heritage of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
National Archives executive director Majid Al Muhairi sought cooperation regarding this initiative from the Emirates Association for the Visually Impaired (EAVI) during a reception for Adel Abdullah Al Zamar, EAVI president, on Wednesday.
The project began with printing three books in Braille — ‘Zayed: From Challenge to Union’, ‘Khalifa: Journey to the Future’ and ‘Qasr Al Hosn 1793 – 1966’.
“The National Archives’ concern with the visually impaired is a manifestation of its belief in the importance of strengthening the role played by reading in shaping an individual’s personality,” said Al Muhairi.
“The publications of the National Archives are capable of enriching the national culture of the reader and we are pleased to provide them now in Braille. We will also supplement EAVI’s library with our audio books,” he said.
Al Zamar expressed his happiness at the care shown by National Archives towards the visually impaired and requested them to prepare more books in this manner in order to reach this segment of the community, either through Braille or through voice recording.