Leisure Activities

Talking Books & Publications


Future Aids: The Braille Superstore

Address:
2190 Dolphin Crescent
Abbotsford, BC  V2T 3Y1

Canada
Phone:
(800) 987-1231 (Toll Free)
(800) 985-1231 (Fax)
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We have Braille, tactile, audible, and talking products for anyone who's blind or has low vision. We have over a thousand books in Braille available for all ages and interests. We also have an expanding collection of audio books. We have hundreds of daily living aids, writing supplies, and recreational items to choose from.

Bookshare.org

Address:
480 California Avenue, Suite 201
Palo Alto, CA  94306-1609
Phone:
(650) 352-0198
(650) 475-1066 (Fax)
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Bookshare.org is an online community that enables people with visual and other print disabilities to share scanned books. Bookshare.org acts as a clearinghouse where readers can legally share their scanned books, and download from a collection of accessible books. Membership is $25 to join, with a $50 annual fee.

Braille Institute of America, Inc

Address:
741 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA  90029-3514
Phone:
(323) 663-1111
(800) 272-4553 (Toll Free)
(323) 663-0867 (Fax)
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A national information and referral line for locating a broad range of Braille materials, as well as other resources and organizations available to people with impaired vision across the United States and Canada. Braille and talking book library for blind, physically, or reading disabled people. They are privately funded. Free children’s books in Braille are available.

Audio Book Contractors, Inc., Classic Book Recordings

Address:
PO Box 40115
Washington, DC  20016-0115
Phone:
(202) 363-3429
(202) 363-3429 (Fax)
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Audio Book Contractor’s Incorporated is an organization that is committed to the recording of unabridged classic novels, children’s books, poetry, plays and collections of short stories for use by the general public as well as for schools and libraries. They have recorded over 900 unabridged classic books on cassette or CD's. They have also joined into a partnership with Audible.com, one of the world’s largest audio downloading websites, to bring the joy of these classic books to whole new generations of listeners. Discounts for visually impaired individuals and rentals may be available.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Address:
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC  20011
Phone:
(202) 707-5100
(188) 657-7323 (Toll Free)
(202) 707-0744 (TTY)
(202) 707-0712 (Fax)
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Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers the free program that loans recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in braille and large print, and specially designed playback equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to read or use standard print materials because of visual or physical impairment. Materials arec circulated by postage-free mail.

Aurora Ministries Inc/Bible Alliance

Address:
PO Box 621
Bradenton, FL  34206-0621
Phone:
(941) 748-3031
(941) 748-2625 (TTY)
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The Bible on cassette, available in 64 languages, is given completely free to people who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise unable to read conventional print. Complimentary sets are also provided for use in resource centers or libraries. Bible studies and messages available as well.

Reader’s Digest Large Type Publications

Address:
PO Box 8177
Red Oak, IA  51591-1177
Phone:
(800) 807-2870 (Toll Free)
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Large-type publications include the monthly Reader’s Digest, quarterly Great, and Condensed Books. Go to website, click on magazines, and order on line.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

Address:
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY  40206-0085
Phone:
(502) 895-2405
(800) 223-1839 (Toll Free)
(502) 899-2274 (Fax)
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APH manufactures books and magazines in Braille, large type and recorded form, as well as a wide range of educational and daily living aids including Braille paper, Braille slates, talking book equipment, and synthetic speech computer products. APH was founded in 1858, and is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the US. APH also offers a database service that lists materials accessible to blind readers. These materials are available from 200 agencies across the US.

Books on Tape, Random House, Inc.

Address:
400 Hahn
Westminster, MD  21157
Phone:
(800) 626-3333 (Toll Free)
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Large, diverse selection of unabridged two-track cassette, CDs, and MP3-CD audio books including family selections, classics, fiction, mystery, humor, and biography. 30-day rentals are available and purchase of printed catalogues. Mention that you have a visual impairment when you call and a designated customer service representative will assist you. Send mail to ATTN: Customer Service.

National Federation of the Blind-Newsline

Address:
200 E. Wells St. at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD  21230
Phone:
(866) 504-7300 (Toll Free)
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The world's first digital talking newspaper for the blind, this service is free to anyone who is legally blind or who cannot read conventional newsprint could qualify for this free service. NFB-NEWSLINE uses computer speech technology to reproduce the texts of various national newspapers and transmit them over the telephone. Dozens of local papers and a few magazines are also available each day to subscribers. NFB-NEWSLINE is now available online, as well.

National Braille Press

Address:
88 Saint Stephen Street
Boston, MA  02115
Phone:
(888) 965-8965 (Toll Free)
(617) 437-1456 (Fax)
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Publisher of a wide variety of Braille books, including computer-related publications, crafts, cookbooks, etc. Children from pre-school through third grade can join The Children’s Braille Book Club. Paid subscriptions to "Syndicated Columnists Weekly", a weekly news service, are also available.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children

Address:
PO Box 51924
Livonia, MI  48151-5924
Phone:
(734) 427-8552
(800) 777-8552 (Toll Free)
(734) 427-8552 (Fax)
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A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high quality, low cost Braille books for children. Several pre-school books are available in print-and-Braille, which also enables blind adults to read with sighted children. A free catalog is available that includes more than 500 titles. The catalog is available in print, in Braille, on disk, via e-mail, or by downloading it from our Website.

Christian Record Services

Address:
PO Box 6097
Lincoln, NE  68506-0097
Phone:
(402) 488-0981
(402) 488-7582 (Fax)
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Provides free publications and services to people who are blind or visually impaired. Services include summer camps; a cassette tape lending library; scholarship assistance; personal visits; Braille, large-print, and audio magazines. Topics include adventure, biography, Bible stories, and music, as well as devotional and inspirational material. Almost all the books are nonfiction covering all reading-age levels. Books can be played on any Library of Congress four-track talking book player or similar.

RFB&D: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Address:
20 Rozel Road
Princeton, NJ  08540
Phone:
(609) 987-8116
(800) 221-4792 (Toll Free)
(609) 987-8116 (Fax)
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A national nonprofit organization that lends textbooks on four-track cassette tape and CD, at all academic levels to people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual impairment, dyslexia or other physical disability. Over 91,000 recorded texts are available. Also provides bibliographic services and custom recording services.

The New York Times Large Type Weekly

Address:
PO Box 232
Northvale, NJ  07647-0070
Phone:
(800) 698-4637 (Toll Free)
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A specially edited publication containing news stories, editorials, articles on health and medicine, a full-page crossword puzzle, and other highlights of the previous week’s New York Times. The weekly is available in the extra large, 16-point type and small page size for easy handling. Subscriptions can be either six-month or one-year. They are mailed every Monday from Florida.

Choice Magazine Listening

Address:
85 Channel Drive
Port Washington, NY  11050-2216
Phone:
(516) 883-8280
(888) 724-6423 (Toll Free)
(516) 944-6849 (Fax)
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Choice Magazine Listening is a free audio anthology for a special audience of blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or dyslexic subscribers, available six times yearly nationwide. CML was created in 1962 by the non-profit Lucerna Fund. Each issue features eight hours of unabridged magazine articles, short stories, poetry, and media selections from over 100 sources. CML must be played on any Library of Congress four-track talking book player or the new digital machines.

Dialogue

Address:
PO Box 5181
Salem, OR  97304-0181
Phone:
(800) 860-4224 (Toll Free)
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DIALOGUE is an international news magazine edited for individuals who are experiencing vision loss or are blind, and their friends and families. It reviews low vision aids and devices, provides tips and techniques for coping with vision loss, reports personal experiences of people living successfully with vision impairment at home, in school, on the job and in the community, interviews professionals working in the field of blindness and low vision, and is designed to inform, instruct and entertain in the discussion of blindness issues. DIALOGUE publishes articles, personal essays, interviews, news and resources on all aspects of coping with a vision impairment.

Evergreen Radio Reading Service, WTBBL

Address:
2021 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA  98121-2783
Phone:
(206) 615-0400
(800) 542-0866 (Toll Free)
(206) 615-0418 (TTY)
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ERRS is a 24-hour broadcasting service of current newspapers, books, magazines, and other information for people who cannot read regular print. The service is available throughout Western Washington and most areas of Eastern Washington. Depending upon geographical area, access to ERRS is possible by using special radio receivers provided free of charge by the library.

Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

Address:
2021 9th Ave
Seattle, WA  98121-2783
Phone:
(206) 615-0400
(800) 542-0866 (Toll Free)
(206) 615-0148 (TTY)
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The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library provides a free public library service which includes easy access to the informational and recreational reading materials needed by individuals in the State of Washington who are unable to read standard print material

The Jewish Heritage for the Blind

Phone:
(718) 338-4999
(800) 995-1888 (Toll Free)
(877) 230-2205 (Fax)
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The JHB helps Jewish children and adults who are blind or visually impaired lead meaningful Jewish lives. Publishes large-print and Braille editions of the basic texts of Jewish life and distributes them free of charge across the world. Also publishes children’s books, popular articles, scholarly works, and a large-print directory listing over 40 agencies providing audio cassette tapes, telephone services, and computer software on Jewish subjects.

Transaction Publishers

Phone:
(732) 445-1245
(888) 999-6778 (Toll Free)
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Transaction Publishers is a major independent publisher of social scientific books, periodicals and serials. Publisher of large-print books or ebooks for the partially sighted. Large-print catalogs are available upon request.