Biblioteca Digital para Ciegos de Habla Hispana
Con el apoyo de COPIDIS del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Bs. As. se producen
versiones digitales accesibles de los textos escolares.
La dificultad para
acceder a materiales educativos es uno de los principales obstáculos que
enfrentan personas con discapacidad
visual para completar sus estudios. Esta limitación incide directamente
en sus condiciones de empleabilidad, en el desarrollo personal y en la inclusión
social. Con la creación de la Red MATE aprovechamos los recursos tecnológicos en
materia de procesamiento de información y comunicación para acercar soluciones a
la población con deficiencia visual.
Es una antología producida por la Biblioteca Tiflolibros, que reúne literatura e información sobre las posibilidades de desarrollo de gente con ceguera. El libro se editó en formato tradicional. El objetivo del libro es disipar temores y prejuicios en torno a las personas con ceguera, mediante un recorrido literario por textos de variado origen en los que aparecen personajes ciegos.
What is Tiflolibros? How does Tiflolibros work? What´s the benefit and potential of Tiflolibros? Why is reading so important for a blind person? Who runs Tiflolibros? How do I register or help someone register? Is there any cost to use the library?
How can I help Tiflolibros? Additional information
Tiflolibros is the first digital library for the Spanish-speaking blind. Created in 1999 by a group of blind friends that wanted to exchange their digital books in order to widen their access to culture and education, Tiflolibros has grown to have more than 48.000 books in Spanish available for more than 7.000 members with blindness or other severe disabilities in America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Tiflolibros offers an online catalog with more than 48.000 digital books that registered members can download using their personal password. Each member then, “reads” the books through synthetic-voice reading computers, accessible moviles, Braille tapes or other electronic reading devices for people with disabilities.
Internet and other new technologies offer an incredible opportunity for the integration to society of people with disabilities, not only through new tools but also through cost-effective collaboration, and improvement and decentralization of processes.
Applying these new ideas, Tiflolibros facilitates the access of blind people to knowledge, at lower costs and with wider reach.
“It has open the world to me”, is the usual comment of a blind about reading. Books give blind people education, entertainment, discovery, independence, intellectual challenge and new opportunities.
Tiflolibros is a non-profit organization
coordinated by the group of founders, and built through the effort of its
members all over the world. Pablo Lecuona, blind, candidate to a Bachelor in
Arts degree in Social Communications at Universidad de Buenos Aires, is the
Executive Director. Mara Lis Vilar, special education teacher, with focus in
blind and visually impaired; André Duré, blind, programmer and technical
coordinator; and Marta Traina, blind, Communications student complete the
founding team. María Ángeles
González Mateo represents Tiflolibros in
There is also an important group of
blind and non-blind people that collaborates in the process of updating and
administrate the library.
Registration is only
open to people with disabilities to read print books. A proof of disability is
asked upon registration.
To start the registration process send a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that Spanish is the official language of Tiflolibros, although there are books in foreign languages and volunteers ready to help if you really need info in other languages.
Tiflolibros is absolutely free. Nevertheless, there is a recommended donation of
the equivalent to two print books every six months (e.g. $50 in the U.S.) to
support the library's operation.
Telling other people
about Tiflolibros. In many communities the blind are marginalized and denied
access to culture. We want to use the power of Internet to reach as many blind
people as we can with our library. Your word-of-mouth can help.
Donating computers. For
many Latin American blind people a computer is out of reach. By donating a
computer to Tiflolibros you can help more blind people have access to education,
culture and better opportunities.
Tiflolibros is supported through the efforts of its founders and users, without
any other financing (an unfortunately and very common situation for non-profit
organizations in Latin America). Any donation can help.
Donation can be sent to
de Buenos Aires, (1228) - Argentina -
Or you can make a deposit in the following accounts (and sending after a confirmation mail to email@example.com ):
In Latin America: