DM Thomas Foundation for Young People has awarded a grant of £6,540 to help provide 1,000 books adapted for young people with visual impairments to the National Accessible Library run by Seeing Ear.
DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is committed to transforming the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged young people in communities across the UK. By providing specialist equipment and facilities, important training and support, and vital care, the Foundation works to improve the education, health and wellbeing for young people to achieve their full potential.
Based in Hastings, Seeing Ear runs the National Accessible Library. Books in the library are available free of charge to anyone in the UK who has a visual impairment, print blindness caused by dyslexia, or physical disability and is unable to hold or manipulate a book.
The Foundation’s grant will provide books that focus on topics such as university, independent living and sex education to help prepare visually impaired young people as they move towards adulthood. The books can be read as giant print, Braille or with synthetic speech and users will be able to access them on computers, tablets or internet audio players designed specifically for visually impaired people. Through accessing the books, young people will be able to enjoy the joys of reading, broaden their horizon, increase their skills and realise their potential as they transition into adulthood.