There are 3 major organizations that provide alternative text formats for people with print disabilities. If you have a membership with any one of them, you can obtain membership to the others very easily. Textbooks are more likely to be found at the first 2: Learning Ally (Formerly: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) and Bookshare. The Library of Congress’ Talking Books has magazines and newspapers as well as large collection of material in Spanish.
“Education is a Right, Not a Privilege” – RFB&D® Founder Anne T. Macdonald
Learning Ally is more than just a new name – it reflects our vision to become an advocate and friend to those who learn differently. We invite our growing community of parents, volunteers, donors and friends to become a “Learning Ally” with us by supporting individuals for whom reading and access are barriers to learning.
“There is an app for that” available for members to get their Downloadable DAISY titles on iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Must be Learning Ally members in good standing and have an iTunes account to purchase RFB&D Audio at the App Store for $19.9T9.
Recently received a federal grant to convert textbooks and add them to their large collection of books.
“ Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).”
That All May Read . . .
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
The Library of Congress
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.