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The organiser of the World Congress “Braille21 – Innovations in Braille in the 21st Century” is the German Central Library for the Blind in Leipzig (DZB Leipzig, www.dzb.de).

DZB Leipzig – German Central Library for the Blind – has devoted itself to produce and provide literature and general information for visually impaired people for more than one hundred years.

Founded in 1894 already, it is Germany’s oldest public library for the blind. Beneath the same roof, it houses a library, an editing house, a production centre for braille and talking books as well as tactile graphics, a service centre for braille music called DaCapo and the service for blind and visually impaired media and computer users, named LOUIS.

DZB Leipzig has a leading position in the supply of information for blind and visually impaired people in the German-speaking countries.


picture Marie-Renée Hector

Marie-Renée Hector (59),

»I associate Braille with such feelings like gratitude, recognition, curiosity, joy and self-assertion.«

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