Friday, April 28, 2006.
Talking books offer alternative for those who cannot read print books. An estimated 175,000 individuals in Massachusetts cannot read a printed page due to blindness, low vision, physical disability or reading impairment such as dyslexia, yet only 10 percent of these people are signed up to use the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, which provides free services to eligible patrons on a statewide basis.
Through the library, patrons may borrow "Talking Books," along with the playback equipment needed to listen to them. In its collection, the library maintains approximately 65,000 book titles for adults and children, as well as over 70 magazine subscriptions, which are also free. The library also maintains a collection of Braille books and magazines. Books are delivered and returned, with free postage, through the U.S. Mail.
The following people are eligible to borrow books and equipment if:
They are legally blind with vision of 20/200 or less, or a visual field no greater than 20 degrees.
Their vision is corrected, but cannot see well enough to read with comfort for extended periods of time.
They cannot hold a book or turn pages due to a physical disability.
They are certified by a medical doctor as having a reading disability that has a physical basis, which prevents them from reading standard print.
For an application and brochure, available in English, Spanish or Braille, call the Braille and Talking Book Library, 800-852-3133.
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