Dolphin, RNIB & Google bringing Braille to Developing Countries - New Free App
Today sees the launch of a new app which will help blind and partially sighted people in developing countries to access information in braille, large print and audio formats.
The free app, called EasyConverter Express, has been developed by Dolphin with support from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and grant support from Google.org as a gift to the World Blind Union (WBU) and International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).
It is estimated that there are 253 million people worldwide with vision impairment, and it is hoped that this app will reach many of those living in developing countries.
EasyConverter Express will enable the production of braille, large print, MP3 and DAISY talking book formats from Word files through a set of simple menus. Kevin Carey, Chair of the World Braille Council and outgoing Chair of RNIB, said:
“I truly believe EasyConverter Express is a game changing development for the millions of people living with sight loss in developing countries. It is a fabulously simple product, specifically designed to get braille, large print and audio to blind and partially sighted people in the world’s poorest countries. It’s free and immediately available and I hope that it will make a big difference in terms of access to information and literacy.”
EasyConverter Express is available in English, French & Portuguese and is a free download for individuals with sight loss or organisations working with blind and partially sighted children and adults in developing countries.