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Published: 2013-07-12 05:40:36.0 BdST
Updated: 2013-07-12 05:56:34.0 BdST
To give relief to the distressed students, some 2,000 members of
the group decided to produce Braille books themselves. They are also making
audio copies of the booksThe initiative of the members--settled in Bangladesh and abroad—comes after a bdnews24.com report ‘Braille books yet to reach schools’ on Jun 25.The report said that the usual sufferings of these children rose to new heights after the education board had introduced 104 new books from this year.Ragib Hasan, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science department in University of Alabama at Birmingham, came up with the noble idea after coming across the article.“At first I spoke to Muhammad Zafar Iqbal sir (in Bangladesh) about it and then created the group in Facebook. The group hit 400 members on that very day,” he told bdnews24.com.Currently, some 2,000 volunteers were converting the textbook matter to Unicode, he said. “Then it will be printed at Professor Zafar Iqbal’s Braille Printer.”“Though the project began just a few days ago, enthusiastic volunteers are surging ahead. Some 12 books are almost already for print. Now they are being proof-read.”Ragib Hasan hoped that the rest of the textbooks for class one to ten would be converted to Unicode within two weeks.The group is also working at an ‘Audio Book Project’. Since it will take time for the Braille books to be printed, we have decided to come up in the meantime with audio version.“Our volunteers are reading out the books, recording them, and uploading the files online. Guardians can download those files until they can get the Braille books,” Ragib said.
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