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Minister promotes cross-border Sensory Engagement Programme

1 March, 2012 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín today attended an event in Derry Central Library celebrating the work of the cross-border Sensory Engagement Programme.

The Minister also launched the new North West Book club for people with visual impairment and people who are blind.

The event, which coincided with World Book Day, gave the members of the Visually Impaired Group (VIP) a demonstration in downloadable audio and e-books.Libraries NI, who facilitated this event, works towards engaging with those with visual or hearing impairments and strives to provide a valuable service to meet their needs.

In the Derry area, Libraries NI are actively engaged with RNIB and RNID in a three year cross-border Sensory Engagement project to ensure that libraries are accessible to people with sight and hearing loss.

The project is aimed at improving the engagement levels and confidence of blind and partially sighted people, deaf and hard of hearing as service users and consumers. It is an inter-regional project covering the cross-border areas of Donegal, Derry, Louth, Armagh, South Down, Fermanagh, Sligo and Monaghan.

Speaking at the event Minister Ní Chuilín said: "Our public libraries are for everyone and this cross-border Sensory Engagement Programme is helping to ensure that libraries are more accessible to people with sight and hearing loss. Our local libraries exist to make a difference in many areas of people's lives and support a share, inclusive and better future for our society."

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