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Humans of Scotland book launches in accessible formats

Type: News Item Date Published: 20th November 2019
Two men holding a copy of a braille book

Thanks to the support of Royal Blind, the collection of powerful short stories is now available in Braille and audio formats.

The ALLIANCE “Humans of Scotland” book has launched a version in braille and as an audio book in partnership with Royal Blind (this link will take you away from our website) on the 14th of November.

Remarkable in their honesty, the stories are a heartfelt contribution to our understanding of what it means to live with significant challenges from recovering from mental illness and addiction to life after cancer, coping with hearing and sight loss to living with arthritis as a young mum, among many other subjects.

Professor Ian Welsh OBE, Chief Executive of the ALLIANCE says the book is a powerful look at the lives of those whose stories need to be heard:

“Living with a long term health condition, disability or as an unpaid carer presents challenges that often must be overcome time and time again. It is important to us to highlight these issues as an organisation that champions the voice of people with these experiences. In sharing their stories, the contributors to Humans of Scotland have played a vital part in growing our understanding of what it means to face and cope with adversity.”

“It is of utmost importance to us that the book was made accessible and we’re very proud of the partnership with Royal Blind that has brought this to life. Now the stories will be read by a wider audience, further raising awareness of the issues and topics tackled.”

Royal Blind Chief Executive, Mark O’Donnell, said: “Humans of Scotland is an excellent publication by the ALLIANCE, giving voice to people with long term health conditions about some of the challenges they face and cope with.

“Many of the experiences highlighted in Humans of Scotland will resonate with people living with sight loss, and that is why it has been so important to us that is should be accessible for people with visual impairment.

“We are delighted to have worked in partnership with the ALLIANCE to make the publication available in braille and audio and hope this helps Humans of Scotland reach an even wider audience.”

The braille book and audio book can be accessed online at www.royalblind.org (this link will take you away from our website) or by contacting the Scottish Braille Press on 0131 662 4445.

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