Recorded Books Available to Vision Impaired Expats
By Pamela Brown
The National Library Service for the Blind offers vision-impaired and blind expats free recorded books and playback equipment. A division of The Library of Congress, the National Library Service records contemporary fiction, best sellers, classics, mysteries, biographies, history, literature, and even magazines in digital format. The recordings can be mailed from the US or downloaded to your iPhone or iPad, all free. The equipment will be mailed from the US to San Miguel de Allende to restore reading pleasure to those who might have given up.
To be eligible for this free service, the applicant must certify that he or she can no longer read standard print due to macular degeneration, diabetes retinopathy, glaucoma, stroke, or any other vision-impairing condition. If you have friends and family whose vision prevents them from reading please refer to www.loc.gov/nls for complete information and an application. For assistance email Pamela Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pamela is a part-time resident of San Miguel and is a volunteer with The National Library Service for the Blind. She can assist with, certify, and expedite the application.
A similar service is available for Canadian residents. Canadian service is provided by the Library for the Blind, Canada, and Division of The Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
The website for information about the Canadian service is www.cnib.ca.