Monday, December 29, 2008

Dreaming Fingers

A Chennai based company, "Dreaming Fingers", is making an attempt to create books for the visually impaired. Tactile books with different textures and accompanying braille script allows visually impaired children to explore worlds and concepts unknown to them.

Via The Hindu

Can a visually-impaired child enjoy a picture book? That question has been answered – with an unequivocal ‘yes’ – by the folks behind Dreaming Fingers, who’ve brought out the first ever mass-produced tactile picture books for children with visual impairment.

“Although there have been a lot of books in Braille, the world of pictures has simply not been available to the child who can’t see,” says Shobha Viswanath, director of Karadi Tales (Dreaming Fingers is an imprint of the popular children’s publishing company).

But that has changed, thanks to one very hungry caterpillar, and one very dedicated lady.

That means that every picture in the storybook – whether it’s the fuzzy caterpillar or the leaves, strawberries and cupcakes it eats – is raised, textured and contoured so that it can be experienced through touch by a child with any degree of visual impairment. Plus, all the text is underscored with Braille.

Interestingly, it isn’t only visually impaired children who’re drawn to the book, says C.P. Viswanath, director, Karadi Tales: “In every country, about 50 to 60 per cent of the sales have been to perfectly normal children or even adults. I think they can help us all rediscover that rather neglected sense – our sense of touch.”

Read the entire article here and visit the Dreaming Fingers website to learn more.

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