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Accessible books cannot be taken for granted

Dear Sir or Madam,

To open a book and read it is nothing really special? However, it is not self-evident to blind and visually impaired people. Because very often books are not designed and made available in an accessible way from the beginning. We asked Prof. Thomas Kahlisch from the German Central Library for the Blind, why it is that way and what he wants from the Federal Government.

Have a nice weekend!

Lorraine Dindas
Editorial Team

REHACARE Trade Fair with Congress & Forums
04 - 07 October 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany


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Books for the blind: "IT corporations lead the way. They consider accessibility a selling point"

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A wizarding student who triumphs over evil. A girl who meets the love of her life. Literature has many facets and captivates us with wonderful stories day in and day out. Yet not everyone has access to these texts because accessible books for blind or visually impaired people are few and far between.
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Maria Langstroff - That's how she rolls

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In the life of Maria Langstroff several people play an important role. They give her not only support but also courage and strength. The student and authoress has an unknown muscle disorder and enjoys her life to the fullest. Why not an actress, but her mother should represent her in the movie about her life and which comedian makes her laugh, she tells us at
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"On friday afternoons the hospice smells like horse"

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Photo: Hospice director Angelika Behm (left) and Hinrika Höges (right) who is the owner of the pony 13; Copyright: Diakonie-Hospiz Wannsee
Quality of life on four hooves: every Friday, pony mare 13 visits the guests at the Diakonie-Hospiz Wannsee in Berlin, Germany. Anyone is welcome to have 13 at his/her room, feed, pet and cuddle with her. For many guests, this is a very special encounter and experience.
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