|Founder||Datin Roquaiya Hanim Tun Hussein|
|Mdm. Jasmine Khoo Khin Sheen|
|Dato Dr’ Hsiung Kwo Yeun|
The National Council for the Blind, Malaysia (NCBM) set up the Braille Press on 1 April 1998 under the Chairmanship of the late Datin Roquaiya Hanim Tun Hussein. It was officially declared open by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, the then Minister of Education, Malaysia, on 24 November 1998.
NCBM was formed and registered in 1986 to bring together five organisations to work as partners in providing more efficient and quality services to help blind people to be useful citizens. Our mission as a national co-ordinating body is to assist Member Organisations in developing services so that blind people, no matter where they live in the country, may enjoy equal opportunity in receiving education, rehabilitation and employment services. To reach this long-term objective NCBM will work with the Government and groups with similar aims.
In carrying out our role as a national body, NCBM provides a platform for representatives from around the country to meet regularly on its eight committees to discuss all aspects of work - Access to ICT, education, employment, library services, blindness prevention, sports, etc. Where possible and necessary, NCBM will give financial assistance for implementing projects and the sponsoring of personnel to attend training and skills as well as upgrading courses.
The mission statement of the organization is;
Braille Press will strive to ensure that Braille is made available where necessary, even at subsidised rates, to empower blind people to participate meaningfully in community concerns and to promote their socio-economic advancement.
The five major voluntary organizations serving the blind that make up this umbrella body are:
The functions of NCBM include the following:
To collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Malaysia, in ensuring that blind and visually impaired students enjoy their rights to Braille text books and reference materials, whereby, giving them equal opportunities to education.
NCBM accepts contributions, donations, grants, endowments, legacies and subscriptions from persons or bodies (including the government) desiring to assist in the promotion of the objectives and to hold such funds as trustees for the achievements of the said objectives.
NCBM publishes a quarterly magazine in English – THE NCBM OUTREACH – and it is distributed to friends and supporters free of charge. However, contributions to defray the cost for printing are welcomed.