Accessible Publications in Media
Access Text Network
“The AccessText Network helps college students with print disabilities by connecting their disability service offices directly with leading textbook publishers to obtain electronic files. These files are used to create accessible versions of the textbooks.”
American Printing House
“The world's largest source for adapted educational and daily living products - since 1858.”
Associated Services for the Blind
“Associated Services for the Blind (ASB), a non-profit, is established to promote self-esteem, independence, and self-determination in people who are blind and visually impaired. ASB accomplishes this by providing support through education, training, and resources. ASB also serves as a voice and advocate for the rights of the people by working to remove barriers through community action and education.”
Audible is a company specializing in the production and distribution of narrated books for the general marketplace. Their content is mostly directed toward best sellers and pleasure reading. Obtaining books requires paying a monthly membership fee.
B & R Samizdat Express
“Here you'll see the Internet the way it was and should be: useful information for free, with no annoying graphics or glitz. This site is designed to provide maximum content for minimum clicks.”
Bookshare is an accessible online library for people with disabilities that impact their ability to read print. Their library includes schoolbooks and textbooks for children and adults and is free for U.S. students. Books may be downloaded as e-texts to be read on a computer, tablet, smartphone, braille notetaker, or the NLS reader. They may be read as braille or audio.
The Braille Monitor is the leading publication of the National Federation of the Blind. It covers the events and activities of the NFB and addresses the many issues and concerns of the blind. The Braille Monitor offers a positive philosophy about blindness to both blind readers and the public at large; serves as a vehicle for advocacy and protection of civil rights; addresses social concerns affecting the blind; discusses issues relating to employment, education, legislation, and rehabilitation; and provides news of products and technology used by the blind.
The Braille Forum
“The Braille Forum is the monthly magazine of the American Council of the Blind. In addition to the versions here on the web site, The Braille Forum is available in braille, audio cassette, large print, and by email. It contains information of interest both to ACB members and the general public.”
Choice Magazine Listening
“Choice Magazine Listening is a free audio anthology for a special audience of blind, visually impaired or physically handicapped subscribers. CML was created in 1962 by the non-profit Lucerna Fund to offer the best of contemporary magazine writing, completely without charge, to adults unable to read standard print.”
Clovernook Center for the Blind
“Our Mission: To promote independence and foster the highest quality of life for people with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.”
Accessible online resource for national and international news.
“Getting your eTextbooks and eResources from CourseSmart is easy. Once you add them to your CourseSmart bookshelf, you can access them anytime, anywhere.”
“Blindskills publishes a quarterly magazine written by and for visually impaired people, available in large print, cassette, braille or disk. Its content includes information on adapting to life with low vision, techniques of daily living, career interviews, recreation and sports, technology tips and reviews, and descriptions of new products and services designed for visually impaired people.”
Eletectronic Telegraph (London-based)
“Accessible online news resource based in the United Kingdom.”
Flat World Knowledge
“Using technology to foster student and institutional success are central to our mission at Flat World Knowledge. Our innovative technology and expertly authored content offers institutions a new approach to solving some of the most critical issues facing higher education today: affordability, access, and increasing student success.”
Independent Living USA, Blind Links
Contains links to blind resources and more!
Internet Wiretap - Electronic Books and Government Documents
“Wiretap is run as a free public service to provide electronic text to citizens of the Internet. As one of the earliest etext repositories, there are thousands of links to this site.”
ipL2 Newspaper and Magazines
“The IPL is many things: the first public library of and for the Internet community ; an experiment, trying to discover and promote the most effective roles and contributions of librarians to the Internet and vice versa; a group of highly talented, creative, strong-willed people, working hard.”
Large Print Books: Transaction Publishers
“Novels, Cookbooks, Biographies, Westerns, Mysteries, Science, Adventure, Romance, History, How-to, Sewing, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & More…” “This website lists only Large Print Books. Used books offered by “Marketplace Sellers” are NOT large print editions.”
“At Learning Ally, a national non-profit since 1948, our mission is to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions.”
Library of Congress
“The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with nearly 128 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 57 million manuscripts.”
“The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.”
Metrolina Association for the Blind: Braille and Large Print Statement Rendering Services
“Accessible Braille Services includes the mastering and resale of braille and large print textbooks at primary and secondary levels, statement rendering services to major corporations in the United States, and braille/large print transcription services of any documents.”
National Braille Association, Inc.
“The mission of the National Braille Association, Inc. is to provide continuing education to those who prepare braille, and to provide braille materials to persons who are visually impaired.”
National Braille Press
“The guiding purposes of National Braille Press are to promote the literacy of blind children through braille, and to provide access to information that empowers blind people to actively engage in work, family, and community affairs.”
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Disabled, Library of Congress
“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.”
Newspaper Association of America
Contains links to various news organizations in which international news can be obtained.
Links to the Inquirer, Daily News, and other Philadelphia-related sites.
“Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.”
Random House - Large Print Books
“Random House Large Print Publishing focuses on offering editions of books from Random House and other's publishers aimed at readers looking for books in large print. The Random House Large Print division publishes a full-line of bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles for the ever expanding market of people who want good looking books at great value, but in easier to read editions. We publish roughly 60 titles per year, in hardcover and at the same price as the regularly-sized trade editions.”
Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic
“Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia, or other physical disability. Our mission is to create opportunities for individual success by providing, and promoting the effective use of, accessible educational materials.”
Resources for Rehabilitation
“Our highly rated publications provide valuable information about the most prevalent conditions that cause disability. If you are: an individual with a disability or chronic condition; the parent of a child with a disability; the adult offspring of an older parent with one or more disabilities; a professional service provider - our publications will enable you to find the optimal services and products available. In addition to the books described on this web page, we produce a series of large print materials designed for distribution to clients and patients.”
Online resource for national and international news.
Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children. Braille books are provided at each level of development, from toddler board books to classic literature for older children. Just as sighted children learn to read as they are exposed to the printed word, so do visually impaired children who are exposed to the tactile page at an early age.
Vital Source Bookshelf
“Vitalsource Bookshelf® is the most advanced e-book software in the world. You get three-way access to your books: download, online, and mobile. Notes and highlights automatically stay in sync no matter where you make them.”