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Editing printing and recording of the book "Chosen Poems"
A choice of Rinat Hoffer's poems

Accessible illustrated books innovative enterprise
First accessible book for all children, including children with physical and cognitive impairments.


The reading experience of a children's book consists of two equally important elements: the written texts and the illustrations that complement it. In Israel this complete experience is not available to all children, some cannot enjoy the illustrations.
This new project consists on editing and printing the first accessible book for all children, including children with physical and cognitive impairments.
The book's objective is to bring its joy to all children by providing access to its components - written poems and related palpable illustrations.
This innovative enterprise was done in cooperation with
Veronica Ellran developer of the 'sense the Art' project,
Rinat Hoffer writer and Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir Publishing House Ltd.,
The Jewish Institute for the Blind in Jerusalem,
'Zamid', the Great Bak'a Community Council Jerusalem,
Municipality of Jerusalem,
The Central Library for Blind & Reading Impaired People,
Tami Porath, Producer & Publisher of Unique Books.


In order to produce the book, I, as the developer of 'Sense the Art Project', decided to do an exploration workshop with blind and visually impaired students from the 'Jewish Institute for the Blind' and from the 'Yahad, Together Youth Program'.
Seven students, ages 18-21, participated in the workshop: Avishai Abrahmof, Elior Barda, Hodaya Yechezkel, Meir Shachor, Miri Fridman, Roni Ochayun and Shmuel Tahrani.




The work included different fields:
Comprehension of written texts.
Imagination - translation of ideas and words into visual images.
Verbal expression - verbal description of the images created in the mind.
Art workshop - Translating images into art works. Creation of palpable objects.

The participants were asked to give materiality to a nonvisual idea or feeling, to give form and objectivity to things never seen.
The art works created in the workshop became the basis of the book's illustrations.
It was a hard and challenging journey successfully completed.

This book combines three different formats: Braille, large print and Mp3.


Braille printing and palpable illustrations make the book accessible to blind children.

Works done by the blind participants, were transformed into textile palpable illustrations using laser cut technology. Conversion of the texts to Braille was performed by The Central Library for Blind and Reading Impaired People.



Large printing and drawn illustrations (made by visually impaired participants) make the book accessible to sighted and visually impaired children.

Mp3 (audio) and all illustrations (visual and palpable) make the book accessible to all children.
Recording was done in the studio of the Jewish Institute for the Blind in Jerusalem.
The book was done together with Nurit Porath - Producer & Publisher of Unique Books.
Additional collaborators include Noa Nizzani - book designer and
Itamar Sagi artist.

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