Books in the National Library “St. Cyril and Methodius” are now available to people with disabilities. Special software turns the text into an audio version.
Readers are equipped with a peripheral equipment – a laser multifunction device with two mice and 2 headsets. The acquisition pleased Bogomil Karkov, a blind man who managed to listen to the classical novel “Under the Yoke”.
“In this way, we blind people have the same opportunities as everyone else. You find from the media that there is a new book and you are curious to read it like any person.” says Bogomil. Two computers were purchased by the Agency for the People with Disabilities for 20 thousand BGN. In the next three months, all disabled people will be registered for free and will receive library cards for one year, said the director of the library, Krasimira Alexandrova. Over the last three years, the library has been transformed into an accessible location with the installation of a special elevator and accessible toilets. Krasimira Alexandrova, added “We already have a good environment in which people with disabilities can use the National Library. We are one of the institutions with the most successful projects in this direction. ” The director of the Disability Agency Mincho Coralski said “This is another stage of turning this cultural institution into a fully adapted place.”
The dedicated corner is next to the entrance, which is equipped with a ramp and a mobile stair lift.