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Read Different: The Florida Braille and Talking Book Library Services

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The Florida Division of Blind Services (DBS) helps blind and visually impaired individuals achieve their goals and live their lives with as much independence and self-direction as possible. The Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library Services is one of many programs offered through DBS. The Library was established in 1950 and provides reading materials to Floridians who are unable to read standard print due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities. It is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and serves more than 31,647 Floridians, with annual loans of over 1.99 million items.

The Braille and Talking Books Library offers books and magazines in both Braille and recorded formats for individuals of all ages. It also provides access to NFB-NEWSLINE, a free audio news service offering access to more than 500 publications. Equipment needed for the services, such as digital players and accessories, is loaned to the customer by the Library. Materials and equipment are sent to the customer via postage-free mail. All Library services are provided at no cost to the customer. Books are also available for download through the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website using personal devices.

Read Different is a presentation from the Florida Division of Blind Services’ See Different Team. The presentation provides information on the benefits of joining the Florida Braille and Talking Book Library, a demonstration of available Library equipment, clarification on who qualifies, and much more. Click here to watch the presentation.

For more information about The Florida Braille and Talking Book Library, please visit their website at Braille and Talking Book Library – Blind Services (fldoe.org) or call  1-800-226-6075. To apply for Library services, click here.

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