For the first time in the history of the Geographical Dictation, special conditions are provided for the visually impaired participants. In 2019, the Russian Geographical Society and the All Russia Association of the Blind entered into a cooperation agreement. An educational campaign for visually impaired people will be held at 293 venues in Russia and abroad. You can find out their addresses on the website of the Geographical Dictation. In the Arkhangelsk, Vladimir, Kostroma, Novosibirsk and Tver` regions, the Komi Republic and Chuvashia, an educational campaign will be held in libraries for the blind. Specially for this category of people a unique version of the Dictation was developed.
"Together with the Russian Geographical Society, we developed this version. It is without pictures - there is only a text with questions. Visual objects, for people with visual impairment, are difficult to perceive, and it is very difficult to describe a visual object for a totally blind person. For example, a map. And for people with visual impairment, the font has been enlarged. Next year we plan to make versions in Braille, "said Tatyana Kasikova, head of the Culture Department of the Social Development Department of the administration of the Management Department of the All Russia Association of the Blind.
In order to participate in writing a version for the visually impaired, just find the nearest specialized venue on the Dictation website, come there and register. Volunteers will also work there, who, if necessary, will accompany the visually impaired and help with the preparation of forms.
Each variant of the dictation consists of 40 questions, divided into two parts of varying degrees of difficulty.
The Geographical Dictation will take place at 12:00 Moscow time on October 27, 2019. By tradition, the event will be held in person, at specially organized venues, and online on the project website - dictant.rgo.ru. Access to the online Dictation will open at 14:00 Moscow time, you can write it within five days - until 14:00 on October 31.
An educational campaign is held annually starting in 2015. Over the four years, it has had almost 1 million participants.