Free access to books and educational literature in special formats has been expanded for people with disabilities

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Free audiobooks, magazines, educational materials on the websites of various libraries, as well as scientific and public organizations will now be available to more people with disabilities. The resolution to this effect was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

If earlier only visually impaired people had free online access to audiobooks, now the list of categories of citizens who can use the benefit has been significantly expanded. There are about 80 items on the list. This includes people who have suffered a stroke, suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease.

Online access to books, magazines and educational literature will be provided, in particular, by specialized libraries for the blind and visually impaired, public libraries with departments for serving people with disabilities, as well as libraries of educational and scientific organizations where such citizens study or teach.

The resolution has been prepared to implement the new norms of the Civil Code, which were adopted in June 2022.

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