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Early literacy program to include vision impaired children

At Manning Library, the WA Minister for Culture and the Arts celebrated World Story Telling Day with the launch of reading materials designed to develop literacy skills of infants with vision impairments.

The State Library of Western Australia’s award-winning Better Beginnings family literacy program has added new resource packs that include Braille-embossed editions of the Baby Ways publication and an audio CD with Baby Ways sung and narrated.

Also available for loan for free from local public libraries will be a ‘touch and feel’ version of the resources pack that provides parents and carers with highly tactile 3D objects that relate to the Baby Ways book.

Through its 14-year partnership with Rio Tinto, State Government funding and the support of public libraries, the State Library produces and distributes reading materials and literacy messages to 96 per cent of newborn babies and 99.8 per cent of kindergarten pupils across the State.

Source: WA Government

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