Berhampur, January 1 (Localwire): The Red Cross has increased the number of Braille calendars that it has printed for the year 2020 to benefit a larger number of visually-impaired persons
“The 16-page Braille calendar has been prepared with support from the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SS&EPD) and over 2,000 copies of the Odia calendar in Braille have been printed this year,” Red Cross Brail Printing Press manager Prakash Narayan Rath said.
According to sources, the department has provided Rs 40,000 for the preparation of the Odia calendar in Braille.
According to Rath, the press had been printing Odia Braille calendar in lesser quantities for some years now on its own, while the Odisha Blind Foundation sponsored the printing of such a calendar for two years.
The Braille calendars have been dispatched to different organisations, including 40 special schools, different government departments, different libraries and hostels, where the visually-impaired students live.
Besides the day and dates, the Braille calendar also has the dates of important Hindu festivals and government holidays, and includes quotes from eminent Odia poets, he stated.
The multi-colour cover page of the calendar is, however, printed in normal letters and at the general press.
“The concept of printing the Odia Braille calendar was first mooted by us when the visually impaired persons faced difficult to read the normal calendar,” Odisha Blind Foundation founder Bijay Rath said.
“We had printed limited copies for the last few years and urged the government to print the calendar in Braille,” he said, thanking the government for printing the calendar in the Braille for the last three years.
The Red Cross press, the only Braille printing press in the state, has also printed textbooks for the visually-impaired.