As part of its CSR initiatives, KPMG in Mauritius has partnered with Global Rainbow Foundation to introduce Bookshare® in Mauritius.
As part of its CSR initiatives, KPMG in Mauritius has partnered with Global Rainbow Foundation to introduce Bookshare® in Mauritius on Friday 1 July 2016 at Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Bell Village. Bookshare® (www.bookshare.org) is the world’s largest accessible online digital library for people with print disabilities. There are about 400,000 titles available in Bookshare® for download in multiple formats, including DAISY, BRF, and MP3 formats. These can be read on computers, assistive technology devices, tablets, Smart phones, and MP3 players. There are books in multiple languages including English, French, Hindi, and Tamil.has partnered with Global Rainbow Foundation to introduce Bookshare®
During the launching ceremony, Mrs Su Lin Ong, Director in the firm’s Advisory practice and Chairperson of KPMG’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee, addressed the audience and stated that this project is “…in line with KPMG’s CSR objectives of Empowering persons and making a difference to our communities.” She further mentioned that “information is everywhere today” and that many persons with print disabilities are cut out from a vital source of information by not being able to read. By sponsoring access to the Bookshare® program, these persons will now have access to around 400,000 book titles! This way, we hope that KPMG would have done our part in helping to open up a whole new world up to them! “She ended her speech by adding that “I hope that through this KPMG CSR initiative, we can truly make a difference to these persons.”
People with print disabilities cannot use standard printed materials. Due to visual impairments, physical disabilities, or learning differences such as dyslexia, standard printed materials, people with these disabilities cannot access educational opportunities. Economic empowerment and political and social inclusion are also often out of their reach, as people with print disabilities are unable to use materials such as newspapers and books. Fortunately, technology provides us with tools that can help to overcome these problems. Text-to-speech software and digital e-books can combine to create a truly accessible book that can be used by anyone, regardless of disability. Using these technologies, the Bookshare® concept has revolutionized the traditional library for the blind in the United States. There are books in multiple languages like English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil (and other foreign languages.
Bookshare® members must qualify with a print disability like blindness, low vision, physical disability or severe learning disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read printed books.
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