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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the importance of access to culture “so that people with disabilities can fully enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

In keeping with this tenet, the ONCE offers a series of resources that enable the blind to enjoy the entire range of offerings that make up the cultural landscape: theater, music, arts, audiovisual recordings, literature, etc.
The ONCE is directly involved in the following areas:
• Bibliographic production. A specialized service with two centers, one in Madrid and another in Barcelona, that prints works in Braille and ink as well as sound and digital editions of literary or specialized texts, depending on the interest in the work and on the demand from ONCE members, who can request whatever books they want or need at any time. The catalogue of available works and their availability on different media can be checked through a computerized database.
A series of agreements with universities and publishers also allows Spanish blind persons to access their collections in digital format:
• Literary creativity is stimulated by way of contests, such as the TIFLOS Award for novels, stories and poetry, a now seasoned competition held annually by the ONCE. There is also the Roc Boronat Literary Contest for Catalan literature, and the Prometeo Awards, intended exclusively for blind children.
• The Tiflos Award also boasts a Journalism prize to acknowledge the work that best captures the essence of news reporting and which promotes the social integration of persons with disabilities.
• Audio-description. So as to allow blind persons to enjoy theater and movie presentations to their fullest, the ONCE offers a system called audio-description, which provides audio information on visual details (changes in setting, gestures, wardrobe) by overlaying comments on a sound track and, in theaters, by relaying this information to a small receiver held by the individual blind spectator. This system has been in use at a movie theater in Madrid (Roxy B) since December 9, where new releases are regularly screened using this audio-description system.

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