Wednesday, June 18, 2008

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

I put the cassette for the U.S. News and Weekly World Report on for my dad to listen to. It's one of the audio magazines for the handicapped and blind that I have started getting for him. I's so wonderful to be able to have him "reading" again.

He was a lifetime reader that read anything and everything he could find to read, so it was very hard when one of the things taken from him by the stroke was his ability to read. With the materials for the blind and handicapped, however, he can listen to the books and magazines that he always loved so much and once again enjoy being able to read - or at least to listen to narrations of the things he used to enjoy reading.

It is amazing how much of a difference something so simple as a book on tape can make things seem so much better for someone. I'm very grateful that the Library of Congress and various magazines support making materials like this available to the blind and handicapped.

If you want to learn more about the talking books program see the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped FAQ page.

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