Santa to the rescue with the NCBI

Santa picture, courtesy of Wiki Commons

By Geneva Pattison

This year has been especially hard for visually impaired children in terms of accessing all necessary amenities for school, hobbies and the basics just to have fun. Good news has come from the NCBI in the form of their special link to Santa Claus. The big man himself has got in touch with the National Council for the Blind, to make sure that all the letters he receives from visually impaired children will get a fully accessible reply from him.

Santa will reply in braille, large print and audio CD and the NCBI has said that Santa is “very keen to hear from all children this year”.

The head of Library Access Services at NCBI, Lina Kouzi, spoke about this good news saying:

“We have been working with Santa for many years now to make sure that he can respond to all children who are blind or vision impaired.  I am one of Santa’s helpers who oversees this project for him. I am looking forward to receiving your letters and passing them on to Santa!”

If know any children who would love to receive an accessible card from Santa, email and let Santa know if you would like a letter in braille, audio CD format or in large print. Remember to provide your address too, so Santa can write back! If you would like to post your letter to Santa and get a response, send your letter to: Santa, C/O NCBI Library, Unit 29 Finglas Business Centre, Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. The deadline to get your letter in to Santa to make sure you get your accessible response is December 15th.

Along with having special ties to jolly St. Nick, the NCBI is the national sight loss charity that provide emotional and practical support to people experiencing sight loss. NCBI also provide rehabilitation and training to visually impaired people, so that they may live more independently.

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