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Emerald joins the RNIB Bookshare Scheme

Encouraging inclusivity by providing accessible research to students with print disabilities

Bingley, United Kingdom, 1 August 2018 – Emerald has recently joined The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Bookshare service to provide print-disabled students within UK institutions, with the same educational opportunities as their peers.

The RNIB Bookshare service provides institutions with access to educational materials they have previously purchased in print form, to students with a print disability, such as Dyslexia or sight loss.  These materials have been adapted to suit print disabled readers’ needs; including the ability to hear and see highlighted words on screen; read with digital braille or enlarged fonts; create physical braille or large print; read directly from an internet browser, as well as other formats. 

Emerald is committed to making sure the research we publish makes an impact in the real world, and part of this pledge is making it accessible to all.  By partnering with the RNIB Bookshare scheme, users with a print disability can access the content they want, quickly and in the format they personally need to successfully support their work.  

Laura Wilson, Head of Rights at Emerald said: “Partnering with the RNIB Bookshare Scheme is an exciting stage of our social responsibility initiative.  Ensuring that we’re able to provide accessible books quickly, allows print-disabled students the ability to continue their studies at the same time as everyone else - which is an extremely important factor in anyone’s research journey.”

Stacy Rowe, RNIB Bookshare Service Manager said: "Equal access and independent study is at the heart of the RNIB Bookshare service and we are delighted to partner with Emerald, bringing us one giant step closer towards inclusion and independence in the classroom and beyond.” 

More information about this scheme, can be found on the RNIB website, here:

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About Emerald Publishing:
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Emerald Publishing was founded in 1967 to champion new ideas that would advance the research and practice of business and management. Today, we continue to nurture fresh thinking in applied fields where we feel we can make a real difference, now also including health and social care, education and engineering. We publish over 300 journals, more than 2,500 books and over 1,500 case studies, via our dedicated research platform


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