New service launched by Visual Impairment Team!

Braille is a system of reading and writing used by people who are blind or visually impaired. It can commonly be found on some signs, books, elevator buttons, and currency for example. The team are now equipped with software which, at the click of a button, converts Microsoft Word documents into hard copy Braille for people who need to access their information in that particular format.

Susan Culley, VI Team Support Officer, said: “We’re pleased to launch this new service and we want to make it available to a much wider audience than the Wokingham area. We’re very interested in offering this very useful facility to local authorities, job centres, libraries, and Citizens’ Advice Bureaus for example, so that people with a visual impairment can gain access to a variety of information, which promotes a sense of independence”

Individuals and organisations interested in the service should contact Susan Culley at Optalis on (0118) 974 6896 for more information.

*The Braille Printing service is not a free service; charges apply. £10.00 per document (up to 3 sides of A4 paper font Arial 12), with extra copies (of the original document) at 5p per sheet of Brailling plus VAT.

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