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Labour appeals for more Braille teachers.

January 6, 2006.
Malta Independent - St. Julians, Malta.

Opposition MP Marie Louise Coleiro has appealed to the government to ensure that there are sufficient Braille teachers to meet the needs of the visually impaired in Malta.

She issued a statement to mark the anniversary of the birth of the language' s inventor, Frenchman Louis Braille, who was born on 4 January 1809 and died on 6 January 1852.

He invented the language that is used by millions of blind people today to read printed documents by feeling for a system of six raised dots which symbolise letters.

Ms Coleiro said there was a shortage of teachers and the government had a duty to ensure that there were enough qualified teachers to ensure that visually impaired people can live a normal life and have access to the education system.

Despite the huge technological advances of the day, she said, Braille was still the main language used by visually impaired people and the shortage needed addressing.

Ms Coleiro said the government should consult the various organisations that represent visually impaired people for their ideas and suggestions.

She also said that certain laws needed to be amended, such as the one regulating the way people vote, to ensure that the rights of visually impaired people are not trodden on.

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