The RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) has teamed up with the Royal Mail to help blind and partially sighted people communicate with their MP.
The organisations have launched the Transcription Service which will see constituent’s letters transcribed from Braille and audio by RNIB before being sent to the appropriate MPs with the opposite process carried out for replies.
Royal Mail is funding the service which will be completely confidential and free-of-charge to users.
Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“As the former Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment I would like to congratulate RNIB and the Royal Mail for organising this service.
“However many of the issues faced by people with visual impairment in Scotland are the remit of the Scottish Parliament and MSPs, so I believe it would be a great idea if the Transcription Service was extended to include all MSPs.
“I have contacted both organisations to suggest that they extend this service to Members of the Scottish Parliament as I’m sure it would be beneficial not just to constituents with visual impairment but also for many MSPs.”
Further information on the Transcription Service: