Resources for Education, Information and Research

Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Digital resources are critical for effective education, skilling, independent living and research. The links to resources are organized as:

  • Educational Resources: These come in various forms. Audiobooks, Braille books, eBooks, and Podcasts being the primary. Large prints are the other. We list various free and paid sources ranging from worldwide to India specific

  • Information and Other Resources: Braille Libraries, YouTube Channels, Magazines, TEDx talks keep use informed

  • Research Resources: Vision Atlas of the world and India Vision Atlas are comprehensive multi-view data sources for study and research

Educational Resources

These come in various forms. Audiobooks, Braille books, eBooks, and Podcasts being the primary. Large prints are the other. We list various free and paid sources.

Audiobooks, Braille books, eBooks, and Podcasts

  • 635,000 titles in 80 languages in a accessible formats

  • Over 7,000 music scores (partitions) in braille

  • A secure, automated mechanism to transfer accessible digital books

Accessible Books Consortium (ABC)

ABC is a public-private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It includes organizations that represent people with print disabilities such as the World Blind Union (WBU); libraries for the blind; standards bodies, and organizations representing authors, publishers and collective management organizations.

The ABC Global Book Service, formerly known as the TIGAR Service, is an on-line catalogue that allows participating libraries for the blind and organizations serving people who are print disabled, known as authorized entities, to obtain easily the accessible content they need. The Service supports the goals of the Marrakesh VIP Treaty at a practical level.

The Accessible Books Consortium Launches a Guide for the Production of Braille Books in India, ABC, 2018

DAISY Forum of India (DFI) is a member.

All India Confederation of The Blind (AICB)


Publications


  • Periodicals and Magazines

    • Publishes 4 magazines in braille and on cassettes, three children’s print journals and reports on various research projects in braille.

    • A Monthly Audio-Journal: 'Shravanika' in Hindi.

    • 12 periodicals in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil languages.

    • Women's magazines (monthly) in braille in Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada and Tamil.

  • Books into braille

AICB provides wide range of books both in Braille and recorded format in a subsidized cost. Here are the catalogs of Braille books and recorded CDS.

    • Stories, drama and novels in English and Hindi

    • Braille textbooks in Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Malayalam and Kannada.

  • Audio Book Production

AICB till date more than 650 titles on audio cassettes. Making available to readers on request, recorded books obtained from other libraries in India and outside under the Library-Loan Scheme.


Source

How to find braille, large-print, and digital textbooks



Get braille books fast


  • APH offers BrailleBlaster: A software that lets you turn your text to braille. If you need a textbook, this free program will help you transcribe using the NIMAC files. It’s quick, easy, and accurate.

  • APH File Repository: Accompanying tactile graphics is available for purchase for your title. They will be listed in Louis along with the full textbook and .brf file.

Braille Tales

Braille Tales books allow children to become interested in braille from a young age, encouraging them to be lifelong braille readers. This program provides six free Print/Braille books a year to blind and visually impaired children until the child’s 6th birthday, as well as to blind and visually impaired parents of children under six years old. Open to US Residents ONLY.

APH/Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partnership

APH and Dollywood Foundation expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program to provide children who are blind and visually impaired with accessible books in print/braille and audio formats!

American Printing House (APH)


Educational Resources: Every child deserves a chance for quality education, and students with visual or multiple impairments are no exception. Sometimes, however, they need a few extra tools. APH provides lot of them - some are free, but most are priced.


Besides Print (large), Braille and Audio format it also offers varied resources in terms of Webinars, Apps, Gadgets, and Tools. These are categorized as follows:

  • Core Curriculum: Core Curriculum forms the basis that students need to be college- and career-ready. Various aids are available for the following:

    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

    • English and Language Arts

    • Social Studies

    • Fine Arts

    • Business and Vocational

  • Expanded Core Curriculum: The expanded core curriculum outlines the unique educational needs that students who are blind or visually impaired have beyond the standard core curriculum. Various aids are available for the following:

    • Communication Modes and Literacy Education

    • Assistive Technology and Electronics

    • Orientation and Mobility

    • Career Education and Transition

    • Self Determination

    • Independent Living

    • Visual Efficiency and Low Vision

    • Recreation and Leisure

  • Physical Education: Physical fitness, an active lifestyle, exercise – no matter what you call it, it’s a good way to have fun, be healthy, keep a good frame of mind, and reduce stress. Various aids are available for the following:

    • Physical Education Classes

    • Physical Education Equipment

  • Multiple Disabilities: At APH, we offer products for children and adults that enable them to do what is necessary, to do what is possible, and ultimately to do the impossible. Various aids are available for the following:

    • Accessible Learning

    • Sensorimotor Spotlight Newsletter

    • Featured Educational Products

    • Independent Living

  • Accessible Textbooks: At APH, we’re driven to make sure students with visual impairments are able to receive their accessible textbooks as quickly as possible. Ways to find textbooks are given in left.

  • Tactile Literacy Tools: Shapes can be difficult to understand through explanation alone. For many children who are blind or visually impaired, the best way to help them understand the world around them is through hands-on learning. They need to feel the difference between a circle and a square. Tactile literacy is key to reading braille, understanding graphs, and eventually having a firm grasp on advanced geometry.

  • Training: Check out our online courses specially designed for vision professionals, educators, parents, consumers and students.

    • Virtual ExCEL Academy: As every nation continues to adjust with some schools and students remaining in virtual instruction and others returning to brick and mortar buildings, APH will continue to provide the APH Virtual ExCEL Academy for students.

    • Access Academy: In response to COVID-19 and the challenges of distance learning and teaching, we launched a series of #AtHomeWithAPH webinars in April 2020 which provided the training and education needed to get the most out of APH products and services. These webinars were so needed and so popular, that we have decided to offer them on a permanent basis. These ongoing webinars have been renamed Access Academy. These are free.

    • APH Hive: Buzz over to the APH Hive, our FREE eLearning platform for educators and families that you can access at any time from the comfort of your home and office. With a growing course catalog covering categories like Early Childhood, Expanded Core Curriculum and more, we want to give you the tools you need to support students. All you have to do is sign up, watch the course content at your leisure, and complete the follow up assignment to get your certificate for ACVREP credit!

  • Tools for Teachers: At APH, we know that each student learns in his or her own way. To help you find the perfect learning solution for your students, we have created a number of resources to help you with fresh ideas and new approaches to creating meaningful learning plans.

    • Braille Bug: Designed for elementary students, Braille Bug combines accessibility with a fun and playful environment designed to teach sighted children about braille and to encourage inclusion.

    • Building on Patterns (BOP): Is a systematic, comprehensive literacy program designed to teach young children with visual impairments to read and write using braille.

    • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI): APH offers a variety of products and publications to support children living with Cortical Visual Impairment.

    • Tactile Skills Matrix: Locate APH products that support the development of skills and concepts that contribute to students’ tactile literacy.

    • Symbols and Meaning (SAM): Understanding symbols and their meanings is an important part of a child’s educational development. The SAM Guidebook provides strategies for developing a strong foundation for this important cognitive skill.

    • Guide to Designing Tactile Illustrations for Children’s Books: Whether you are a teacher, transcriber or caregiver of a child with a visual impairment, this guide provides information to assist you in the creation of tactile illustrations

    • Learning on the move: APH offers a variety of Apps so you can learn wherever you may be.