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MAGAZINES AND PUBLICATIONS FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

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Access World

The American Foundation of the Blind’s online technology magazine, containing the latest news about technology and visual impairment.

American Printing House for the Blind News

APH News is a monthly link to the latest information on the products, services, and from the American Printing House for the Blind.

American Printing House Magazines

APH provides accessible editions of Readers Digest, Newsweek and Weekly Reader to eligible readers who are blind or visually impaired.

The B&R Samizdat Express

Books available on CD and DVD, at very low cost, and are text only.  

The Blind Reader's Page

This site is a guide to sources of information in alternative formats (braille, recorded cassettes, large print, e-texts, web audio) accessible by people with print disabilities--those with visual and physical handicaps as well as dyslexia. It is also a guide to information about blindness, visual handicaps and other physical handicaps. 

Blind World Magazine

A free online magazine: an impartial retrospect of recently published, blindness-related articles.

BooksAloud

“Reading by Listening” program provides a wide variety of recorded reading literature free to eligible individuals of all ages.

The Braille Book Review

A Bimonthly publication of the National Library Service available in large-print, braille, and computer diskette formats distributed free to blind and physically handicapped individuals who participate in the Library of Congress free reading program.  It lists Braille Books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries.

The Braille Forum

The monthly magazine of the American Council of the Blind.  The magazine is available on the ACB website, in braille, audio cassette, large print, and by email.  It contains information of interest to ACB members and the general public.

  

The Braille Monitor

The leading publication of the National Federation of the Blind.  Available online, in braille, on cassette tape or via e-mail.  It covers the events and activities of the NFB and addresses the many issues and concerns of the blind.

Choice Magazine Listening

A free audio anthology for a special audience of blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or dyslexic subscribers.  selects and records memorable writing from approximately 100 leading magazines.  Provided on four-track cassettes every other month free to subscribers.

Consumer Vision Magazine

A magazine for the blind and visually impaired available in print, braille, cd, online and e-mail formats.

Dialogue

An international news magazine edited for individuals who are experiencing vision loss or are blind, and their friends and family.  Available six times a year in braille, cassette, large print and email formats.

Flash

A monthly newsletter published by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reporting NLS activity related to digital books and magazines.

Future Reflections

A magazine for parents and teachers of blind children.  Available in print, 4-track cassette, via e-mail or online at the National Federation of the Blind website.

Home Readers Audio Catalogs Magazines and Books

Provides catalogs, cookbooks, magazines, and a few books to the blind and visually impaired on 4-track audio tape.

The Kernel Books

Stories by and about blind people 

The Louis Database

The Louis Database contains information on approximately 252,037 titles in accessible formats, including braille, large print, sound recording and electronic files.

Matilda Ziegler

A general interest monthly available free of charge to legally blind people in contracted braille, on four-track cassette, online and by e-mail.

New email address for Matilda Ziegler mailto:editor@matildaziegler.com

National Association For Visually Handicapped  Update

A quarterly large print newsletter available free to anyone upon request.

NFB Newsline

An on-demand newspaper service which allows blind or print disabled people to hear the text of newspaper articles, magazines and television listings over the telephone. The service is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: NLS, part of the Library of Congress, administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials for eligible people with visual and physical impairment. Visit the NLS Web site for complete information on how to sign up, as well as who may be eligible.

Newspapers for the Blind

Major newspapers from around the world that can be read online.

Newsreel

A unique monthly interactive audio magazine produced in the voices of its blind or visually impaired subscribers.  Available in digital MP3 format, on 4-track cassette, or downloadable from the website.

New York Times Large Print

Reader's Digest Large Type Reader- 16 point type

Talking Book Topics

A bimonthly publication of the National Library Service available in large-print, cassette and computer diskette formats  and distributed free to those participating in the Library of Congress free reading program.  It lists recorded books and magazines available through a network of cooperating libraries.

Texas School for the Blind Publications

 

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E-MAIL LISTS FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Atug Assistive Technology E-mail list

Brings together users of Assistive technology who seek to gain a more in-depth understanding of the latest state of the art equipment available.

Eyes on Employment email list click on the link to subscribe

Our mission is to educate the blind and visually impaired and their families about available resources, and to encourage each individual to move to the next step, whatever it may be. Our slogan is 'We may have lost our sight, but we have not lost our VISION!' Join our group and share YOUR VISION with like-minded friends. Whether newly blind, always blind, or somewhere in between, or a supportive family member or friend, you are invited to join in and express your views as related to issues that affect the blind.

Jobs

The purpose of the Jobs listserv is to connect people with jobs and jobs with people. Discussions will be limited to employment issues for the blind.

Main Menu Live email list click on the link to subscribe

Main Menu Live is a place where people can chat about any and all assistive and acceptable technology for the blind. This group supports the Main Menu Live radio show heard every Friday night on ACB Radio's Mainstream. Here you can talk about computer technology, acceptable devices and any other adaptive technology to assist those with visual impairments for independent living. This group is intended for the blind and visually impaired, their family members or anyone involved in the manufacturing, production or sales of any assistive technology

Rehabilitation E-mail List

This list is for interested individuals or workers in the field of  rehabilitation for the blind.


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NATIONAL INFORMATION LINKS

American Council of the Blind

The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

American Foundation for the Blind

AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and

their families with relevant and timely resources.

Blind Veterans Association

Established specifically to help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

American Foundation for the Blind

AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

American Printing House

Manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. Also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products.

Blind Veterans Association

Established specifically to help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

Dedicated to funding innovative research to find preventions, treatments, and cures for inherited retinal degenerative diseases that lead to blindness. Includes public health education.

The Hadley School for the Blind

Mission is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

International Association of Audio Information Services

A worldwide organization of over a hundred independent Audio Information Services which provide material in audio form. In almost all cases, these services are provided free of charge.

Lighthouse International

Dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. Through clinical services, education, research, and advocacy, the Lighthouse enables people with low vision and blindness to enjoy safe, independent and productive lives.

Lions Club International

The umbrella organization for the many clubs around the world that provide services to blind and visually impaired people. Click on "Directory Information" to find a local club in your area.

National Alliance of Blind Students

The student affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. The alliance works to advance the equal opportunity and excellence in education for all blind and visually impaired high school, college and university students in the United States.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)

NAPVI is a national organization that enables parents to find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.

National Association for the Visually Handicapped

Provides low vision services, visual aids and training to anyone in need of these services. 

National Beep Baseball Association

The adaptive version of America's favorite pastime for the blind and visually impaired.

National Braille Association

A non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing education to those who prepare braille, and to providing braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.

National Camps for Blind Children

Provide summer and winter camps in eighteen locations around the country for blind children and adults.

National Federation of the Blind

The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.

National Library Service Magazine Listing

A list of all the magazines produced or distributed by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, through its free reading program.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Reference Circulars

A list of organizations that provide services to the blind and visually impaired.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

Members receive free access to the nation's largest audiobook library of textbooks and literature titles.

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GENERAL INFORMATION LINKS

ACB Radio

ACB Radio showcases and nurtures the creativity and talents of the blind/low vision community from many parts of the world. Offers 5 channels of content which can be heard using free software on your computer.

Access-Able Travel Source

Dedicated to aiding travelers with disabilities and the mature traveler.  Provides practical information needed to go cross-town or around the world.

Access-Able Travel Source

Dedicated to aiding travelers with disabilities and the mature traveler. Provides practical information needed to go cross-town or around the world.

Alliance for Technology Access

A growing national network of technology resource centers, community-based organizations, agencies, individuals, and companies whose mission is to increase the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations.

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults

The purpose of the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is to assist blind and deaf-blind persons in securing reading matter, to educate the public about blindness, to provide specialized aids and appliances to the blind, to give consultation to governmental and private agencies serving the blind, to offer assistance to those losing vision in their later years, to offer services to blind children and their parents, and to work towards improving the quality of life for the blind and deaf-blind. 

Americans with Disabilities Act

Questions and answers about blindness and vision impairments in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Apple Accessibility

Apple's accessibility page provides descriptions, tutorials, and group discussions on Apple products and technology. 

American Association of the Deaf-Blind

A national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. Provides an information clearinghouse, listservs, national conferences, publications and advocacy projects.

Association of Educators and Rehabilitators for the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

The mission of AER is to support professionals who provide education and rehabilitation services to people with visual impairments, offering professional development opportunities, publications, and public advocacy.

Association of Vision Science Librarians

Compilation of eye resources on the Internet.

Blind Ambitions Groups

Mission is to educate the blind and visually impaired, and their families, about available resources, and to encourage each individual to move to the next step, whatever it may be.

Blindness Resource Center                            

Provides a wealth of resources available for the blind and visually impaired.

BlindRadio

Internet Radio for Everybody

BlindSpeak 

A service which allows you to send digitally synthesized messages to anywhere in the world.

BookShare

An online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. Members with visual impairments can listen to books using a text-to-speech synthesized voice, read books in Braille, or access the material in large print.

Books on Tape

Braille Ink

Captionfish

Allows users to search for accessible theaters by zip code and also lists showtimes.

Koko Crater Coffee Roasters

Large Print Books.com

Mind's Eye Travel

The Braille Bug

The information, activities, and games on the web site are designed to teach children in grades 3 through 6 about braille.

Braille Institute: The Braille Special Collection

The Braille Special Collection was designed to increase braille literacy by offering blind and visually impaired children the opportunity to order a variety of books throughout the year, free of charge to create a special library of their own.

C Different Foundation

Works to create opportunity for visually impaired athletes to participate in athletic events.

Closing the Gap

An organization that focuses on assistive technology for people with special needs through its bimonthly magazine, annual international conference and extensive website.

Dealing with Vision Loss

 

Described Captioned and Audio Program

Free-loan described and captioned educational media is available to students who are deaf, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. Also offers a clearinghouse of information related to education, accessibility, deafness, blindness, and

BlindSpeak 

A service which allows you to send digitally synthesized messages to anywhere in the world.

BookShare

An online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. Members with visual impairments can listen to books using a text-to-speech synthesized voice, read books in Braille, or access the material in large print.

The Braille Bug

The information, activities, and games on the web site are designed to teach children in grades 3 through 6 about braille.

Braille Institute: The Braille Special Collection

The Braille Special Collection was designed to increase braille literacy by offering blind and visually impaired children the opportunity to order a variety of books throughout the year, free of charge to create a special library of their own.

C Different Foundation

Works to create opportunity for visually impaired athletes to participate in athletic events.

Closing the Gap

An organization that focuses on assistive technology for people with special needs through its bimonthly magazine, annual international conference and extensive website.

Described Captioned and Audio Program

Free-loan described and captioned educational media is available to students who are deaf, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. Also offers a clearinghouse of information related to education, accessibility, deafness, blindness, and other related topics.

Disabled Sports USA

Mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.

Doubleday Large Print Book Club

A book club with a vast collection of large print titles from your favorite authors.

The Electronic Braille Book Library

The largest collection of electronic Braille books in the world. Two ways to read the books in this collection. You can read them on-line if you have access to a paperless Braille display device or you can download them to read off-line either in hard-copy Braille or by loading them in to devices such as Braille notetakers.

Equal Access to Software and Information

Provides accessible information technology through podcasts, webinars, and online courses.

Eye Care America

A public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The website refers eligible patients to volunteer ophthalmologists who provide eye exams and up-to-one-year of care at no out of pocket cost.

EyeSmart

The EyeSmart™ Campaign is a public awareness initiative sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and partner EyeCare America, a public service of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. EyeSmart empowers Americans to take charge of their eye health. It emphasizes the need for Americans to know their risk factors for eye diseases, infections and injuries, and how ophthalmologists can help prevent, diagnose and treat eye conditions. Visit http://www.geteyesmart.org for more information and sign up to receive the EyeSmart™ e-newsletter.

Family Connect

A web site created by AFB and NAPVI to give parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and find resources on raising their children from birth to adulthood.

Firefox Accessibar

A toolbar extension for Firefox which aims at providing various accessibility features for users who could benefit from them. Includes a text to speech reader which can read out loud the browser's user interface as well as webpage content.

Fred's Head Companion Blog

The free service from American Printing House that publishes tips, articles, and resources for blind or visually impaired people.

Free Accessible Games

Games designed to be fully accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals.

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Foundation funds research and provides educational materials about glaucoma.

Google Accessible Search

A Google Labs product designed to identify and prioritize search results that are more easily usable by blind and visually impaired users.

Heritage for the Blind

Provides free, practical, hands-on information to enhance quality of life and independence for adults with vision loss, their families and friends, caregivers, and vision professionals.

Info Eyes

A question and answer service for people with a visual impairment or other print limitation. You can schedule an appointment to talk live with a librarian on the internet or you can email a question.

iPhone Blind User Group

Has a variety of different links.

Kenneth Jernigan Library

Braille books are available to individuals, as well as schools. Books are available in two formats: Twin Vision or straight Braille. Applications available online.

Kester Braille

Large Print Reviews

Presents reviews of large print books, audiobook reviews, low vision software evaluations, and other items of interest to individuals with vision loss.

The Low Vision GateWay

Resources for vision loss, vision-impairment, blindness, low vision aids and low vision rehabilitation services.

Mac Accessbility Network

Devoted to connecting, compiling, and providing easy access to the best resources for blind, visually impaired, and other disability groups using Apple products.

National Braille Press

Microsoft Accessibility Page

Microsoft's accessibility page offers product information, tutorials and training, and profiles of accessibility in action.

Mopix

Lists theaters equipped with the technology and current films that have descriptive narration.

Narrative Television Network

Makes movies and television programming accessible to blind and visually impaired people through narration, an "extra" voice added to the show to describe the visual elements of the story.

National Association of Blind Students

Mission is to promote equal access to opportunities for all blind students inside and outside of the classroom, through conferences, professional networks, mentoring and advocacy.

PCIP

Our purpose for this outreach is to bring awareness to the medically uninsurable individuals who live in California. The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP

Perkins School for the Blind Scout Resource Page 

A searchable database of carefully evaluated online resources related to blindness and visual impairment.

Project Gutenberg: Free Electronic Books

The internet's oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).

Read How You Want

Reformats existing books into high quality, alternative formats, quickly, easily and at price points comparable to standard format books. Alternative formats include braille, audio, e-format and large print.

Read This To Me 

A free reading service allowing blind and low vision clients to have printed documents read to them over the phone.

Serotek Free Program for K-12

A program which allows blind children the ability to use a computer anytime, anywhere with help from Keys for K-12. 

Ticket to Work Program

The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. 

Social Security Administration

The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Social Security Administration Electronic Booklets

Publications dealing with questions about services for blind and low vision individuals.

Social Security Disability Secrets

Tips and information about the process of applying for social security disability and SSI benefits.

United States Association of Blind Athletes

Enhances the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity.

United States Post Office: Free Matter for the Blind

A pamphlet designed to answer the questions most asked about free matter for the blind and other visually impaired persons.

 

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