Sporsho, a braille book publication centre, has set up their stall at the book fair premises with the aim of satiating the book cravings of visually impaired people.
The distinguished publication house promotes itself with the slogan: “People are blind not because they are unable to see with their eyes, but because they do not have the knowledge to visualize life from within.”
Nazia Jabeen, founder of Sporsho, believes that in order to build a sustainable society, the participation of visually impaired people under a favourable environment is required.
The stall manager, Sheikh Rakibul Islam, said: “Just like general people, visually impaired people are also entitled to explore the world through books. With that in mind, we provide books on literature and culture in our stall for them.”
“We are not selling any books here,” added Rakibul. “Any visually impaired person can visit our stall to read. But we will provide free books to those who register for an event to be held later at the fair.”
With the assistance of visually impaired braille readers, Sporsho is helping visually impaired visitors navigate through their stall in an easier manner.
One of the braille readers from the stall, Shahinul Huq Joy, said: “We are showing here how we study with braille. We also want to provide a message to other publication houses to come up with braille books so that the visually impaired readers can get bigger opportunities to enrich their knowledge.”
“Often we suffer from an inferiority complex,” said Irin Sultana, a visually challenged individual. “We do not get the chance to read diverse books like the general people do. In this regard, Sporsho is giving us a unique chance to pursue our search for knowledge.”
Since 2009, Sporsho has published a total of 61 books in braille, and has been a part of Amar Ekushey Book Fair since 2011.