Friday, January 3, 2014

Oregon’s FREE Talking Book and Braille Services



Do you know someone who is unable to read printed material comfortably for extended periods of time? Oregon residents who have visual disabilities (like glaucoma, macular degeneration, or total blindness) or physical conditions (like Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis) are eligible to receive FREE audiobooks and Braille from the state of Oregon’s Talking Book and Braille Services (TBABS). There is no age requirement and, again, it is absolutely free.

Each TBABS patron receives a special audiobook player. If the player breaks, it will be either replaced or fixed at no cost. Materials are sent through the mail and can be returned for free. There is also an option to go online to download audiobooks or braille books through what’s called BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).

To get a TBABS application, download and print one here or come to the library to pick one up. The fourth page of the application must be completed by one of the following: a professional librarian (an MLIS or MLS holder), doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, nurse, therapist, or other professional staff of a hospital, institution, or social welfare agency.

To learn how Newport Library can help, call Alice MacGougan at the library (541-574-5467) or email her at a.macgougan@newportlibrary.org

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