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NLP to appoint visually impaired staff to assist readers.

ISLAMABAD -- National Library of Pakistan (NLP) has planned to upgrade its 'Braille Book Corner' into a state-of-the-art National Disability Resource Center to provide quality reading facilities to the visually impaired persons as well as persons with other disabilities.

NLP, working under National History and Literary Heritage (NH and LH) Division, is also working on a proposal to depute visually impaired staff to assist the readers in online searching material, using Braille printers and other such activities, NLP Director Syed Ghayour Hussain said.

Talking to Reporter, he said 'Braille Book Corner' (Gosha-i-Noor) was the first-ever such facility in the federal capital launched in January, 2018 for visually impaired persons, marking the birthday celebrations week of Louis Braille-the inventor of Braille system for visually impaired persons.

He said the Braille Book Corner is already equipped with a computer lab facility comprising of 20 computers having latest software for visually impaired persons to help them getting knowledge about diverse subjects without any hassle.

The computer lab was established with the joint efforts of National History and Literary Heritage (NH and LH) and Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

The corner has also a variety of Braille books and other reading materials for the visually impaired persons, he said.

NLP director said access to knowledge was the right of every human being and NLP is make efforts to ensure provision of this right to all the people especially persons with disabilities to protect them from any sense of deprivation.

The blind persons have been rendering their contributions in different fields of life, however, they must be provided maximum facilities and opportunities to acquire education and conduct research, he asserted.

Syed Ghayour Hussain disclosed that NLP is also working on a plan to establish a National Research Center which will entertain persons with all kind of disabilities.

He said the library is also envisaging a plan to facilitate mentally retarded persons who cannot think properly by providing them quality learning facilities.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 21, 2019
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