From the latest ITI Bulletin:
Baroness Coussins, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages, in which ITI participates, has let us know that her fellow cross-bencer, Baroness Hollins, Professor of Psychiatry of Learning Disability at St George's, University of London, runs a social enterprise called 'Beyond Words', which produces picture books for people with learning disabilities who are facing traumatic or troubling times, e.g. the death of a parent.
The books are published jointly with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and St George's Hospital. At the back of each book is a section of text directed at the health care professionals, parents and carers who will be using these books. There are 25 books in the series and each includes 2-4,000 words of text. The language is simple and straightforward.
In order to meet the needs of non-English speakers, Lady Hollins would like to produce these books in Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Hindi; volunteers working into other language would also be most welcome.
If you are willing to work on a pro bono basis, please get in touch with: hollinss at parliament.uk, mentioning APPG as the source of this information. Companies or foundations are also sought who may be able to provide grant aid.
The translated books will benefit relevant communities in the UK and also be promoted in overseas markets.