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Right to Read Week - 15-21 November 2004
A piece of culture - often not
accessible for the blind
- The publication of a report (Monday 15 November), Written Off , which will reveal that the minuscule proportion of books people with print disabilities can read in formats such as large print, braille, and audio books is decreasing. (Currently only 5 per cent of books and publications are published in accessible formats).
- A parliamentary reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 16 November. The event will be hosted by the Right Hon Chris Smith MP with guest speaker Jacqueline Wilson - currently the UK's most frequently-borrowed author from public libraries. Guests attending include high profile authors Sebastian Faulkes, Wendy Holden, and Julian Fellowes.
- Media activity supported by high profile authors who are backing the campaign.
- Media campaign to encourage the public to sign the Right to Read Charter which is being presented to the Government on World Book Day (3 March 2005).
- Further information from the Royal National Institute for the Blind at: www.rnib.org.uk