‘I like audio visual books, especially family sagas. I can’t see to read books anymore. The library staff know what authors I like and request items for me, it is a lifeline to me.’
The Six Steps Promise aims to make sure that all people who are blind or visually impaired are able to take part in a wide range of accessible reading, digital and cultural activities in their local library. We want everyone who visits a public library to be inspired by an exciting accessible environment which makes reading and seeking information a pleasure.
Making community contacts
‘All the time I can still access reading I don’t feel as if I’m outside society. I just feel I’m engaging in a different way. But if I couldn’t read I would feel as if I was completely on the margins’
You may be in the lucky position of working in a library which is already well used by visually-impaired people and their families and friends. However, here are some ideas if your library seems to have very few visually-impaired users and no one from local groups visiting.