Literacy: Reading and Print Disabilities

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Reading for the Blind

  • DAISY Consortium The DAISY Consortium was founded in 1996 and consists of organizations around the world who are committed to developing the Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY). DAISY is a digital standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents. These documents are Digital Talking Books, digital text books, or a combination of synchronised audio and text books that permit everyone, but especially people who are blind, visually impaired, or have another print disability, to experience a better way to read.
  • How can I become a reader/narrator? Many network libraries and agencies use volunteer readers to record materials for local use. A directory of such agencies, Sources of Custom-Produced Books: Braille, Audio Recordings, and Large Print, is available on the NLS website. Production studios awarded NLS contracts recruit and hire professional narrators.
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) from the Library of Congress. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
  • "Coming to terms with sight loss". Helping you live with sight loss. From the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) [United Kingdom]  Updated
  • What is Web-Braille? Web-Braille is a service that provides electronic files of braille books, magazines, and music materials to individuals registered with cooperating libraries. After registering with the library eligible braille readers may download the electronic files or use them online with braille output devices.