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Though the Learning Ally and NLS Talking Books listings are powerful assets for those who love to read, there are many other reading sources for those who are blind or visually impaired. Like those who do not utilize alternative format literature, persons who are vision impaired have tremendous access to books, periodicals, newspapers and journals, or to whatever type of reading materials that they choose to investigate. The key is looking. And now, with library assistance in the form of computer databases, you can go into any library (including the State Library for the Blind in Salem) and search out whatever might interest you. The following list reflects the variety of types of reading materials available. After reviewing the following headings, go find more reading opportunities for yourself!


American Foundation For The Blind (AFB)

AFB Main Office:
15 W. 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
General Information: (800) 232-5463
AFB Press: (212) 877-2693

The AFB is a very large and multifaceted organization, devoted to positive access, research and publications for persons with vision impairments. AFB produces many texts related to blindness, more generic books and a few differing periodicals, all of which are fantastic in their content and quality. Describing AFB publications however is nearly impossible, because their range of topics and styles are ever-changing. Try calling the AFB Press number above and check their listings, or go to their website to review their literary resources and publications.

AFB often assists in the development and funding of research projects, works in tandem with academicians and institutions of higher learning, advises national and state legislators, and does many other things related to improving the lot of persons with vision impairments. AFB has many regional offices and may be a good source of information on their related local areas. (Offices are located in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, San Francisco and elsewhere.) AFB also has a few unique services that many people do not hear about, such as their employment survey line (web-based) and options that are both permanent and transitory in nature. AFB has a strong national political presence and works in many areas of vision impairment. Investigating their efforts is always interesting.


American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206
(800) 223-1839

APH is the federally-funded nonprofit organization that has the mandate to provide accessible textbooks for K-12 students who are legally blind who attend our public schools. APH provides materials in Braille, large print and audio formats, and they also provide for sale many other items for blind persons in addition to textbooks. In the past, APH has produced some of the best tape players for NLS books and other products related to reading and education for persons who are blind or visually impaired. It is best to call them though, as their library materials and products change rather frequently.


Blind Skills, Inc.

(Dialog Magazine)
PO Box 5181
Salem, OR 97304
(503) 581-4224
(800) 860-4224

Dialog Magazine is specifically written by and published for blind and vision impaired readers. Over the years, the Blind Skills periodicals have developed a large number of both young and older subscribers, though presently only Dialog is available to subscribers. The magazine is extremely diverse and has very interesting articles and regular features. Dialog is published quarterly and the subscription rates are reasonable. If you have an interest in being published and are blind or visually impaired, Blind Skills and Dialog may be your chance! Give them a call for details on submitting an article or two.

Blind Skills also produces a taped booklet on vision loss for persons who are newly adjusting to vision impairment. The booklet is called, Where Do I Go From Here? The first copy for those who are legally blind is free, and each additional copy is $5 per tape. Call, write or e-mail Blind Skills for copies of the tape, subscription rates or criteria for submitting your articles.


Dr. Paul Freeman (author to note)

Office: (412) 359-6300
Fax: (412) 262-9448

Dr. Freeman is one of the founding fathers of the Low Vision movement and his book Believing Is Seeing (1997) is an excellent resource for anyone who is experiencing vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). The book is inexpensive and may be ordered by fax or by calling Dr. Freeman's Office for current sources.

Dr. Freeman is a very energetic Professor of Ophthalmology at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and acts as a consultant to many institutions of higher learning; he has written countless articles and many texts in the field of low vision. (If you have a college bookstore near you and desire looking into this book or possibly others by Dr. Freeman, check it out at your nearby academic textbook outlet.) If you have ARMD and have questions or know of someone who does, find this gem of a book; it accurately explains the many facets of America's number one cause of vision loss.


National Braille Press (NBP)

88 Saint Stephens Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160

The NBP has many texts, books, and various documents produced in Grade II Braille for use by readers who prefer this medium. Their list is extensive and they also accept materials to be produced in Braille. Call for details and their current list of texts or materials available.


NLS List Of Accessible Format Magazines

(800) 424-8567 (option #4)

The National Library Service (NLS) not only has the Braille and Talking Book Library Program in each state, they also maintain an information line where you can find information and sources for periodicals and music specifically for blind and print-impaired NLS patrons. (Call the information line and press the appropriate number for tape copies of books and periodicals, music, or Braille transcription information.) The periodicals list is large and covers magazines that might surprise you; major names such as Money, Time, Playboy, Good Housekeeping, Ebony and National Geographic. Call for details and formats available; you may also call the Oregon State Braille and Talking Book Library to inquire.


Choice Magazine Listening

(Recordings For The Blind And Dyslexic)
(516) 883-8280
(888) 724-6423

This free quarterly audio anthology is full of quality selections from top magazines and other periodicals. Subscribers will enjoy unabridged fiction, poetry, and articles about 100 magazines including The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Gourmet, Travel, Poetry, and many others. All selections are read by talented, professional narrators. This literary service is completely free for blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, and dyslexic listeners and comes on a format used by the National Library Service.



PO Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
(734) 427-8552

The books produced by Seedlings provide a unique opportunity for parents with vision impairments who read Braille and want to read books to their kids. Books from Seedlings will please children from preschool age up to 16. The titles come in Grade II Braille and can be read to children, or they can be read by young Braille readers for their own pleasure.

The authors of this List have read many classic nursery rhymes and tales from Seedlings to their young son and the array of formerly inaccessible children's stories is sizable. Seedlings books might be an opportunity for new Braille readers to exercise their reading ability, and they also prove that even within the world of vision impairment, many things thought lost are still out there to enjoy. Contact Seedlings for details and current listings.


The Hadley School for the Blind

(800) 323-4238

The Hadley School is the oldest and most well known correspondence school in the country for the blind and visually impaired. They used to do mostly Braille training via the mail, but have in the past few years expanded their curricula into a variety of fields and arts. Call or check the website to find out what you can learn through Hadley.




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