Naga City trains librarians, publishers in assisting visually-impaired researchers

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The City Government of Naga is making sure that the rights and well-being of persons with disability (PWDs) are properly observed and protected.

That is why the city government’s Resource Center for the Blind (RCB) has conducted training and seminar to more than a hundred publishers, librarians, and library personnel from public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the city.

The said training, according to the city government, aims to equip them with knowledge on how to assist researchers who are visually-impaired or with print disability

“Partnering with RCB, which is a component of the city mayor’s office, in pursuing the project is the Department of Education in the city and the provincial office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA),” the City Government said.

Tess M. Domer, RCB officer-in-charge, said the seminar aims to train publishers, librarians and library staff on how to provide visually-challenged individuals with the services they need when they conduct research works at the library.

“With this project, we hope that people who cannot see would also benefit from the goods and services made available to the general public. That is what Mayor Bongat wants” Domer was quoted as saying.

Citing the project’s rationale, the city government said that that students with print disability are facing a “severe shortage of course books that come in Braille, large print, and audio format that would have allowed them to study or do a research work without being provided with complete assistance.”