Liu Qibao attends the launching ceremony of "Digital Reading Promotion Project for the Visually Impaired" in the NLC


Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core has been very concerned about the handicapped utilities, and stressed we should promote people with visual impairment to access to the achievements of China's economic and social development. To implement the important directive spirit of President Xi Jinping, the "Digital Reading Promotion Project for the Visually Impaired", which was organized and implemented by the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China, the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People's Republic of China (SAPPRFT) and China Disabled Persons' Federation, was launched in the National Library of China (NLC) on 13 September. Liu Qibao, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, secretary of the Secretariat of the Central Committee and minister of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, attended the launching ceremony, and distributed blind reading equipments, such as intelligent listening machines, computers and other reading devices to the representatives of libraries and education institutions for the visually impaired.

At present, there are more than 17 million people with visual impairment in our country, who have the same need of reading and learning as normal people. In order to promote reading service level for the visually impaired, the Publicity Department and other four departments organize and implement the "Digital Reading Promotion Project for the Visually Impaired", which provides digital audio books, electronic Braille and customized knowledge culture services to the visually impaired with the use of digital publishing and dissemination platform and blind reading equipments. The project includes "a platform, two Braille digital reading promotion channels". "A platform" refers to the platform for publishing and disseminating Braille documents; "Two Braille digital reading promotion channels" refer to the first 200,000 internet-based intelligent listening machines for 400 public libraries with Reading Room for the Visually Impaired, and 1000 Braille computers and displays for education institutions for the visually impaired in the nationwide. These equipments will be lent to the readers and students with visual impairment for free. The project will also mobilize social forces to participate in the reading promotion for the visually impaired, so as to solve the reading problem of the visually impaired.

The launching ceremony of "Digital Reading Promotion Project for the Visually Impaired" was jointly undertaken by the NLC and Chinese Braille Publishing House. With the development of the project, the NLC and the Library Society of China will make full use of its resources platform advantages, the bridge linking role and function of social education. According to the unified deployment of the Publicity Department and the Ministry of Culture, the NLC will actively organize training guidance of related technologies and reading promotion, so as to promote full implementation of "Digital Reading Promotion Project for the Visually Impaired".




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