Alternative Formats For the Blind and Visually Impaired

People who are blind or who have other disabilities that make it difficult to read conventional print have access to thousands of books and other materials in alternative formats — such as braille, audiotape, and large print — through specialized libraries throughout the world. Readers with adapted computers can take advantage of the thousands of electronic texts that are available right here on the Internet.

Library Catalogs
Search these materials in braille, print braille, audio, electronic text, and descriptive video.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Podcasts

The CNIB Podcast Network is a collection of audio programming designed to give a voice to people across the CNIB community as they share their personal stories of life with sight loss.

Louis Database of Accessible Materials for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired – The American Printing House for the Blind
The Accessible Media Producers Database (AMP) is a self-listing directory of producers of accessible formats such as braille, tactile graphics, large print, e-text, and audio.

National Library Service for the Blind & Print Disabled (Library of Congress)
A free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.

Audio Information Services
Services that provide audio access to information for people who are print disabled.

International Association of Audio Information Services
For anyone who experiences difficulty in accessing printed material is eligible to become a listener.  This includes not only vision issues but physical mobility challenges, brain injury, and learning disabilities.

Library of Congress – Search Audio Recordings
A searchable collection of a wide variety of audio recordings.

Electronic Text (E-Text) Collections
Books in electronic format available free online
Bookshare.org

This service makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

Infomotions – Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
A collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Its purpose is to help facilitate a person’s liberal arts education.

Project Gutenberg
A library of over 60,000 free eBooks.

The Online Books Page
Listing over 3 million free books on the web.

Other Guides to Electronic Text
Online guides and indexes to electronic resources on the Internet
Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY)

Offering tools, standards, advice, and best practices for publishing and reading to ensure accessibility for people with print disabilities in both specialist and mainstream formats.

E-Books and Educational Resources
Learning Ally

Through early student assessment, intervention, and accommodations, they can identify and help prevent learning issues, and work with schools and educators to support new and struggling readers.

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