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Novel printing system to significantly increase access to books by the blind

Objective



Blind and Visually Impaired people have only a very limited number of books available to them. Braille text and diagrams in all books for the blind are created as a raised surface on a flat background, resulting in bulky and expensive items, often with limited content. The proposing and seconding partners are both highly involved in providing materials and books for the blind and are committed to making a significant improvement to this unacceptable situation. The project proposes to develop the enabling technologies for a thin paper which exhibits the greatest tactile difference between holes (as opposed to raised surfaces) and the surface of the paper. Also the printing / hole cutting system for the formation of these holes as text or diagrams. The access to books provided by this project will significantly raise the quality of life for about 10 million people across Europe.

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

Zychem Ltd.
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72,Grasmere Road
SK8 4RS Cheadle - Cheshire
United Kingdom