Early literacy program to include vision impaired children

Tuesday 20 March 2018
  • Better Beginnings resources for infants with vision impairment
  • Benefits of reading to children aged 0-3 years
  • Rio Tinto acknowledged for investing in early childhood literacy 

At Manning Library today, the Minister for Culture and the Arts celebrated World Story Telling Day with the launch of reading materials designed to develop literacy skills of infants with vision impairments.  

The State Library of Western Australia's award-winning Better Beginnings family literacy program has added new resource packs that include Braille-embossed editions of the Baby Ways publication and an audio CD with Baby Ways sung and narrated. 

Also available for loan for free from local public libraries will be a 'touch and feel' version of the resources pack that provides parents and carers with highly tactile 3D objects that relate to the Baby Ways book.

Through its 14-year partnership with Rio Tinto, State Government funding and the support of public libraries, the State Library produces and distributes reading materials and literacy messages to 96 per cent of newborn babies and 99.8 per cent of kindergarten pupils across the State.

Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

"The release of Better Beginnings resources for vision impaired infants is a milestone in the achievements of this award-winning early childhood literacy program.

"Parents play an important role as their child's first teacher and should take the opportunity to enjoy this special bonding time.

"Since 2004, Rio Tinto has contributed to the literacy of a generation of Western Australian children. This is a remarkable contribution to the people of this State."

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Minister's office - 6552 5400

Last updated on: 20 Mar 2018