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Visually impaired find a new world in books

Photo : Thanis Sudto

Photo : Thanis Sudto

FOLLOWING ITS previous success in 2011 and 2013 in producing 60 audiobooks, which children at Bangkok's School for the Blind were given a chance to listen to, the project "Sound Library Nation Digital Voice Year III" was officially launched yesterday.

The project was hosted by Nation Radio FM90.5, Working Station Radio FM102, the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand Under the Royal Patronage of HM the Queen and the Thailand Caulfield Foundation for the Blind under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Third-grader Aungkana Mudyugob said listening to these audiobooks was more enjoyable than reading them. "I want to listen to all genres, but that's up to those who read for us. [These audiobooks] give us a lot of knowledge and it is good fun, too. Sometimes I listen to it alone and sometimes I listen to it with friends. I hope that people will come to read for us more often," she said.

"Personally, I like listening to audiobooks that have morals in them such as the Aesop fables. As for newer stories, I want someone to read the Chadok fables," Tanat Panich, a fifth-grader from the same school, said.

Visually impaired Thanawat Chatanachot, 60, from the Caulfield Foundation, said the audiobooks were much more convenient than reading. He is a fan of Chinese novels and would also like people to teach him Chinese and Korean.

"I would like to thank Nation Radio, NBC and sponsors for seeing the importance of giving the visually impaired the opportunity to learn more about the world," said chairwoman of the Foundation for the Blind Khunying Uraiwan Sirinupong.

"Through the opening of various communication lanes, [this project] will not only fulfill people's missing opportunities in gaining knowledge but will also boost the morale and create inspiration for the visually impaired," she said.

In 2013, Aeumsree Boonhachairat, the executive board member and executive director of Nation Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), said that Nation Radio would continue with this beneficial project.

"This year, we have a target of 120 books and we would like to invite anyone to come volunteer to read. The books can be of any genre - for instance, documentaries or award-winning novels. These audio books have a long life-span and can be reused," she added.

Famous people from various circles as well as Nation Multimedia Group (NMG) executives, anchors and employees - including NMG chairman Suthichai Yoon and popular host Kanok Ratwongsakul to name a few - will participate in creating these audiobooks. The audiobooks will be released in the programme "Sound Library" on FM102 Mhz, aired every Saturday and Sunday between 10-11pm.

People interested in volunteering can contact Nation Radio at (02) 338 3681-2 or www.nationradio.co.th, www.facebook.radio.nbc, and https://twitter.com/NTRadio_NBC for further information.




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