Wear dots to raise lots

Can you imagine what life would be like if you couldn’t get lost in a good novel, or your children were unable to join in with their friends and classmates at school?

This is a reality for blind and partially sighted adults and children all over the UK because so few books are available in a range of accessible formats.

That includes an estimated 79,000 people in the north east who are living with sight loss.

That’s why I’m supporting RNIB Read and encouraging everyone to ‘wear dots and raise lots’ during October to support RNIB’s vital reading services.

This year the theme of RNIB Read is the marvellous braille system which uses a series of raised dots to enable blind people to read.

RNIB’s national library offers a choice of fiction and non-fiction titles in braille, audio and giant print for people of all ages with sight loss.

It can cost more than £4,000 to make a single title available in fully accessible formats but it’s easy to support this really important service by wearing dots during the month of October.

Why not get your colleagues, friends and classmates involved and have fun with dots whilst supporting this fantastic cause?

To register to take part or to find out more, call 0845 345 0054 or visit www.readforrnib.org.uk

Arlene Phillips

RNIB Read supporter