There are some amazing services for the blind and visually impaired to gain access to Braille and large print books for free. The Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has a state by state service which can be accessed through your states library website. The books and aid devices are issued on free loan just like you would at a city library but these books arrive in the mail to the individual and are then returned via the mail with free postage. The books can be “checked out” or loaned for up to 6 weeks! To participate you have to fill out an application and have it signed by a medical professional stating that the patron is indeed blind or visually impaired. Once submitted you will be contacted with information about how to begin borrowing books and equipment for reading. (FYI they also have books on tape to listen to.) We just began this process for Liam and are so excited that services like this are available. Now lets just hope they have some good children’s books!
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped- http://www.loc.gov/nls/
Resource Center- http://www.qualityansweringservice.com/resources/blindness-resource-center
Arkansas Library - http://www.library.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx