ERIC Number: ED176770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
African Braille Production: A Statistical Review and Evaluation of Countries and Costs.
Mayer, Marc; Cylke, Frank Kurt
A study was conducted in 52 African countries to determine the extent of braille facilities for the blind, with the aim of choosing a location for a central braille producing facility. To make the selection, the factors of ease of communication (i.e., central location), political stability, and extent of already existing organizations for the blind were considered for each country. Ten possible choices are identified in Chapter 1, in a table showing population, literacy level, per capita income, and languages spoken. Chapter 2 presents a cost analysis of the braille producing methods of handcopied braille, press braille, and paperless braille. Nine appendices provide statistical and evaluation data in terms of: (1) geographic and economic conditions, (2) education and library statistics, (3) political conditions, (4) spoken languages, (5) published languages, (6) population tabulation, (7) braille capabilities, (8) a questionnaire and responses, and (9) independent evaluations. The problem of many indigenous languages (thus, the limited value of using one central language) is mentioned. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Div. for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Note: Paper to be presented at IFLA Conference (Copenhagen, Denmark, August 1979) and African-International Conference (Arusha, Tanzania, October 1980) ; Best copy available