The money will be paid annually to the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and will be used to produce books and other materials in braille, for example: GCSE exam papers; teaching aids; and mathematics materials. It will also pay for training braille transcribers and will support the production and development of braille.
Mr Blunkett said:
'This is an early Christmas present for blind and visually impaired readers and links in with the National Year of Reading and our National Literacy campaign. Without adequate resources for braille, students are not able to participate in the wider community. The money we are providing today is on top of the National Year of Reading grant of£20,000 for the RNIB to produce a braille magazine.'
'Blind and visually disabled people should be able to enjoy reading the same books that the rest of us take for granted. The£200,000 we
have announced today will go some way to ensuring that they can. This is another small step towards securing comprehensive civil rights for disabled people.'