WIPO and UAE's Kalimat Foundation to Collaborate on Producing Accessible Format Children’s Books in Arabic
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry (front right) and Founder and Chairperson of the Kalimat Foundation and Vice-President-elect of the International Publishers Association (IPA) Bodour Al Qasimi (front left), signed an agreement to collaborate on the production of a range of Arabic-language books specially adapted for use by children who are blind or visually impaired.
This is the first time that a partner of WIPO’s Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) commits to funding the production of its books “born accessible”, meaning that no third party is needed to change texts into a format suited to the needs of blind or visually impaired persons – saving time and money in the spread of knowledge.
ABC supports the venture by helping train Kalimat Foundation staff and select publishers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the latest accessible book production techniques.
The Kalimat Foundation was established in the United Arab Emirates by Ms. Al Qasimi (front left), in 2016 to promote the “right of every child to read and to have access to books”.
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