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Sources of Braille Reading Materials

2007

Introduction

This reference circular lists sources of books and magazines in contracted and uncontracted braille, jumbo braille, print/braille, and braille in an electronic form. These materials may be borrowed, purchased, rented, or obtained free on request. Most of the sources are in the United States, but selected sources in the United Kingdom are also included.

This circular was compiled from literature submitted by agencies and organizations in response to queries made by the Reference Section. Many of the responses indicated that materials are available on audiocassette and in large print and braille. This circular, however, is limited to braille sources, which include membership publications if they are available to individuals, libraries, or other groups that are not members of the organization. Prices are subject to change and should be verified with each source before ordering.

Resources to help locate braille books are the Louis Database of Accessible Materials and APH File Repository at www.aph.org/louis.htm and the International Union Catalog of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at http://nlscatalog.loc.gov.

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General Sources

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
800 Johnson Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9315
actionfund@actionfund.org
www.actionfund.org

Publishes Hot-Line to Deaf-Blind, a free weekly braille news magazine for individuals who are deaf and blind. Maintains the Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind Children, a free lending library of Twin Vision (print-braille) and braille books for children through the high school level. Provides a free braille book every month from a popular children’s reading series to children who are blind and wish to keep and collect books like their sighted peers.

American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 121
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803
(301) 495-4403
(301) 495-4402 TT
(301) 495-4404 fax
AADB-Info@aadb.org
www.aadb.org

Publishes the quarterly Deaf-Blind American (DBA), free to members, that has information on AADB activities and articles of interest to individuals who are deaf-blind, their families, and service providers who work with them. Provides the free AADB E-news during the months that DBA is not published. One does not need to be an AADB member to receive the electronic newsletter.

American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-5081
800-424-8666
(202) 467-5085 fax
info@acb.org
www.acb.org

Publishes the Braille Forum, ten issues per year, that has articles on legislation, employment, assistive technology, and new services for individuals who are blind or visually impaired and presents activities of the American Council of the Blind. Free to individuals in the United States; $25 for schools, libraries, organizations, and foreign subscriptions. Publishes special-interest affiliate publications that include BRL Memorandum, quarterly, from the Braille Revival League, $15 per year; and The Blind Teacher, quarterly, from the National Association of Blind Teachers, $25 for teachers, $20 for retired teachers and associate members, and $10 for students.

American Foundation for the Blind
AFB National Literacy Center
100 Peachtree Street, Suite 620
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 525-2303
(404) 659-6957 fax
literacy@afb.net
www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=6&TopicID=19

Issues Dots for Braille Literacy three times per year that has information about braille instructional techniques and strategies; new braille products; and resources for teachers, parents, family members, and anyone interested in braille literacy. Free.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839
(502) 899-2274 fax
info@aph.org
www.aph.org

Sells elementary and high school textbooks; children’s books in braille and print/braille; braille codes and teaching manuals; dictionaries; cookbooks; and books on business, computer science, foreign language, and language arts. Publishes from September to May the magazines Current Events, Current Science, Know Your World EXTRA!, and My Weekly Reader. Publishes the monthly Reader’s Digest. Maintains the Louis Database of Accessible Materials for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, which lists the location information for tens of thousands of titles in accessible media (braille, large print, audiocassette, and computer disk) from more than 170 agencies throughout the United States.

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
ASB Bookstore: Braille and Audio Resource Center

919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600, ext. 3214
(215) 922-0692 fax
dfgodzieba@asb.org
www.asb.org/main/index.htm

Sells fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, including cookbooks, diabetes information, mystery, and romance. Publishes ASB Visions newsletter, three or four issues per year.

Blindskills, Inc.
P.O. Box 5181
Salem, OR 97304-0181
(503) 581-4224
800-860-4224
(503) 581-0178 fax
info@blindskills.com
www.blindskills.com

Publishes Dialogue: A World of Ideas for Visually Impaired People of All Ages, a quarterly general-interest magazine for people who are visually impaired; $42 per year. Sells Connie’s Kitchen: A Compilation of Recipes and Tips from Dialogue; $20.

Bookshare.org
The Benetech Initiative
480 California Avenue, Suite 201
Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609
braillebooks@bookshare.org
www.bookshare.org/web/AboutBrailleBooks.html

Embosses books from its collection, in partnership with the Braille Institute, into braille. Does not require membership in Bookshare.org, but the requester must reside in the United States and must pay an additional $10 per book if a nonmember. Cost of service is based on the number of braille pages, the embossing option selected, and membership status.

Braille Institute
Universal Media Services
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 906-3104 or (323) 663-1111, ext. 1508
(323) 663-2332 fax
ums@brailleinstitute.org
www.universalmediaservices.org

Sells fiction and nonfiction for children and adults; textbooks and standardized tests; atlas maps; and Braille Mirror, a bimonthly newsmagazine. Publishes two books in braille, free of charge, to individuals with visual impairment: Expectations, an annual anthology of stories and poems for children ages seven through twelve, and Tournament of Roses Parade Tribute Book. Catalog available in braille and print formats.

Braille International, Inc.
William A. Thomas Braille Bookstore
3290 Southeast Slater Street
Stuart, FL 34997
(772) 286-8366
888-336-3142
(772) 286-8909 fax
info@brailleintl.org
www.brailleintl.org

Sells fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. Catalog available in braille, large print, and online.

Braille Jymico Inc.
4545, 1ère Avenue
Charlesbourg, Quebec
Canada G1H 2S8
(418) 624-2105
877-272-4553
(418) 624-0994 fax

or

70 West Madison Street
Three First National Plaza
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 214-2380
(312) 214-3110 fax
info@braillejymico.com
www.braillejymico.com

Produces scientific (Nemeth code) braille documents and musical texts in braille. Titles include works in chemistry, physics, literature, and English and French language texts. Costs vary.

California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped, Inc. (CTEVH)
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3594
(323) 666-2211
www.ctevh.org

Offers members the free CTEVH Journal, a quarterly, that presents news for transcribers and educators, new developments in their fields, and articles by specialists in the areas of transcribing and the education of students with visual impairments.

Copper Dots
Marjorie Arnott
4233 East La Costa Drive
Sungroves, AZ 85249
(480) 345-8773
marnott@extremezone.com
www.cs.cmu.edu/~rowan/marjorie-crafts.html

Sells knitting, crochet, and recipe books.

Foundation Fighting Blindness
11435 Cronhill Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117-2220
(410) 568-0150
(410) 363-7139 TT
800-683-5555
800-683-5551 TT
info@blindness.org
www.blindness.org/

Issues Fighting Blindness News three times per year. Provides information on prevention, treatments, and cures for people with retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and other retinal degenerative diseases. Free; requests donations.

Future Aids, Braille Superstore
2190 Dolphin Crescent
Abbotsford, BC
Canada V2T 3T1
(604) 852-6341
800-987-1231
(250) 483-1590 fax
800-985-1231 fax
info@braillebookstore.com
www.braillebookstore.com

Sells books for children, youth, and adults, including chapter books and the Holy Bible in various versions in uncontracted and contracted braille.

Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.
P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, CA 94915-1200
(415) 499-4000
800-295-4050
www.guidedogs.com

Offers the quarterly Guide Dog News in braille for graduates of the program. Contains articles about the school and the use of dog guides and columns from the school’s veterinarians and trainers. Free.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC)
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
(516) 944-8900 voice and TT
(516) 944-7302 fax
hkncinfo@hknc.org
www.hknc.org

Serves as a national rehabilitation program for youth and adults who are deaf-blind. Publishes Nat-Cent News three times per year. The publication includes articles on legislation, services, devices, human-interest stories, and issues related to deaf-blindness. Free for individuals who are deaf-blind and to libraries; $10 per year for others. Offers brochures, including Guidelines for Interacting with People Who Are Deaf-Blind, HKNC Programs and Services, and HKNC Giving Newsletter. Free.

Helping Hands for the Blind
20734 C Devonshire Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 341-8217 voice and fax
877-422-0300
boacosta@pacbell.net
www.helpinghands4theblind.com/cookbookstore.html

Sells cookbooks. $25 for a one-volume book and $30 for a two-volume book.

Horizons for the Blind
Two North Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 444-8800
(815) 444-8830 fax
mail@horizons-blind.org
www.horizons-blind.org

Sells Seeing It Our Way, a monthly magazine that features crafts, recipes, garden tips, and poems, $30 per year; Craft Potpourri, $11.95 per book; Kitchen Potpourri, $9.95 per book; Mini-Cookbook Collection, 15 books, $6 per book, $75 per set.

Imperium Proviso Publishing
814 East Platte Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 473-2765
info@imperiumproviso.com
imperiumproviso.com

Sells the Seeing Eye Dog by Charles Rice, Independence for the Blind by Joshua and Belinda Goldsmith, children’s books, cookbooks, fiction, and war stories. Inquire for information regarding production and cost.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Accessibility Program
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20056-0001
(202) 416-8727(202)
416-8728 TT
(202) 416-8802 fax
access@kennedy-center.org
www.kennedy-center.org/accessibility/other.html

Publishes the quarterly Opening Stages, with articles, interviews, and opinion pieces for people with disabilities pursuing careers in the arts. Free.

Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind
80 Eighth Avenue, Room 1304
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-0263
(212) 633-1601 fax
blind@verizon.net
www.zieglermag.org

Distributes a monthly magazine that reprints general-interest articles selected from a broad range of periodicals. Each issue also has a short story, a poem, and a pen pals column. Free to individuals who are legally blind.

Merrick-Washington Magazine for the Blind
c/o Brown Enterprises Inc.
P.O. Box 11447
Durham, NC 27703
(919) 680-2288

Publishes a free semiannual magazine with national and local news from an African American perspective.

The National Academies Press
500 Fifth Street NW
Lockbox 285
Washington, DC 20055
(202) 334-3313
888-624-8373
(202) 334-2451 fax
www.nap.edu

Publishes Touch the Sun and Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy. $35 each; 10 percent discount when ordered online.

National Braille Association, Inc. (NBA)
Braille Materials Production Center
Three Townline Circle
Rochester, NY 14623-2513
(585) 427-8260
(585) 427-0263 fax
nbaoffice@nationalbraille.org
www.nationalbraille.org

Acts as a depository of braille textbooks; general-interest and career materials; music and books on music theory; and technical, scientific, and mathematical tables. Sells the Braille Enthusiast’s Dictionary in braille. Offers the NBA Bulletin in braille to members of NBA who are visually impaired. Catalogs in braille and print formats in the following subject areas: General Interest, Textbooks, Music, and Technical Tables I and II, $5 each.

National Braille Press, Inc.
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160
800-548-7323
(617) 437-0456 fax
orders@nbp.org
www.nbp.org

Sells books for adults on subjects such as computers and technology, self-help, cookbooks, and word puzzles; children’s fiction; Syndicated Columnists Weekly; Our Special, a bimonthly women’s magazine; and the biography Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius. Catalog available in braille, print, and online. Also listed in the print/braille section.

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
800-255-0411
(516) 883-9060 fax
NFADB@aol.com
www.nfadb.org

Offers members the free News from Advocates for Deaf-Blind three times per year for and by parents and families with individuals who are deaf-blind.

National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314
(410) 685-5653 fax
nfb@nfb.org
www.nfb.org

Publishes the Braille Monitor, a monthly publication that reports on current legislative issues, legal cases, and social concerns affecting individuals who are blind; news of assistive technology; and features on blind persons. $25 per year or free upon request. Issues Slate & Style, a quarterly magazine of the Writer’s Division that produces poetry, short stories, letters, articles, and resources of interest to writers who are blind. $10 per year. Also offers back issues of Braille Monitor, books on braille literacy and instruction, and Kernel books that contain inspirational stories by individuals who are blind.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0744 TT
(202) 707-0712 fax
nls@loc.gov
www.loc.gov/nls

Administers a national free library program of braille and recorded books and magazines for adults and children unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of a temporary or permanent visual or physical handicap. Offers fiction and nonfiction, including bestsellers, biographies, and scriptures; literature in foreign languages; music; and some reference publications. Free loan to eligible individuals who are residents of the United States or American citizens living abroad.

Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins Online Store
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 924-3434
877-473-7546 (877-4-PERKIN)
(617) 926-2027 fax
support.perkins.org/index.asp

Sells the Perkins Panda, which contains a tactile stuffed toy panda ($24.95), two story books in braille and large print and one story book in print/braille and large print ($12.95 each), activity guides ($7.95 each), audiocassettes ($4.95 each), and a tote bag ($4.95). $94.95 per kit.

Royal National Institute of the Blind
Export Department
P.O. Box 173
Peterborough PE2 6WS
England
+44 (0) 1733 37 54 00
+44 (0) 1733 23 85 41 fax
exports@rnib.org.uk
www.rnib.org.uk

Offers more than forty braille magazines by subscription, including Access IT, Braille at Bedtime, Braille Chess Magazine, Compute IT, Conundrum, Money Matters, Music Magazine, Rhetoric, Shaping Up, Short Stories, Theological Times, and You and Your Child.

Scottish Braille Press
Craigmillar Park
Edinburgh EH16 5NB
Scotland
0131 662 4445
info.sbp@royalblind.org
www.royalblind.org/sbp

Sells adult and children’s fiction, cookbooks, books on knitting and crocheting, poetry, and hymn books. Also offers four magazines: Braille Sporting Record ,a weekly on current sporting events, £10.50 per year; Home Help, a weekly on beauty, fashion, knitting patterns, and recipes, £10.50 per year; Madam, a monthly on beauty, fashion, knitting patterns, and recipes, £13 per year; and Spectrum, a monthly on health, fitness, and diet, £8.50 per year.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
(734) 427-8552 telephone and fax
800-777-8552
info@seedlings.org
www.seedlings.org/

Sells children’s books in uncontracted and contracted braille, print/braille picture books, and print-and-braille books. Catalog available in print and braille. Offers World Book Encyclopedia articles free of charge to students who are blind in grades one through twelve.

The Seeing Eye, Inc.
P.O. Box 375
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 539-4425
(973) 539-0922 fax
info@seeingeye.org
www.seeingeye.org

Issues the free quarterly Seeing Eye Guide that features people who use the Seeing Eye program, a dog-guide training school, and the free quarterly The Navigator for graduates of the program.

Teaching Research Institute
Western Oregon University
345 North Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361
800-438-9376
800-854-7013 TT
(503) 838-8150 fax
dbp@wou.edu
www.tr.wou.edu/tr/dbp

Issues Deaf-Blind Perspectives two times per year to provide information to individuals who are deaf-blind, family members, service providers, and professionals. Free.

United States Access Board
F Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111
(202) 272-0080
800-872-2253
(202) 272-0082 TT
800-993-2822 TT
(202) 272-0081 fax
info@access-board.gov
www.access-board.gov

Publishes Access Currents, a free bimonthly newsletter that reports on the agency and its activities, and publications on accessibility issues, including facilities guidelines and standards, telecommunications, standards for electronic technology, recreation guidelines, and transportation vehicles. Single copies are free; additional copies cost.

Volunteer Braille Services
1710 Douglas Drive
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 544-2880
vbsmn@vbsmn.org
www.vbsmn.org/library.php

Maintains Very Bumpy Stories, a print/braille and braille library for visually impaired children and young adults. The online catalog lists 683 bound braille volumes. Use of the library is open to all individuals and to school districts within the state of Minnesota; inquire about membership fees.

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Religious Sources

American Baptist Churches U.S.A.
Judson Press
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
(610) 768-2000
800-458-3766 (800-ABC-3USA)
(610) 768-2107 fax
judson.press@abc-usa.org
www.judsonpress.com

Publishes the quarterly The Secret Place, which includes devotions for daily worship. $16 per year.

Assemblies of God (AG)
AG Center for the Blind
1445 North Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 831-1964
(417) 862-5120 fax
blind@ag.org
www.blind.ag.org

Provides a free lending library of Christian literature and discipleship materials for adults through the Whitney Library for the Blind. Children receive services through the Adriene Resource Center for Blind Children and Youth. Offers free quarterly magazines: Adult Student Guide, Middle Student Guide, and Preteen Student Guide.

Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International
3228 East Rosehill Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47805-1297
(812) 466-4899
(812) 466-0529 fax
info@biblesfortheblind.org
www.biblesfortheblind.org

Offers the Bible and evangelical tracts. Free to those with financial need; at cost for others.

Braille Bible Foundation
P.O. Box 948307
Maitland, FL 32794-8307
(407) 834-3628
800-766-9080
(407) 834-9953 fax
Offers the Old and New Testaments in the King James version and a concordance. Free to individuals who are visually impaired.

Braille Bibles International
P.O. Box 378
Liberty, MO 64069-0378
800-522-4253 (800-52-BIBLE)
877-822-4253 fax
info@BrailleBibles.org
www.braillebibles.org

Provides the Beginner's Bible in print/braille and three Bibles in contracted braille: Children's Bible in 365 Stories, King James version, and New King James version. Free to individuals who are visually impaired.

Braille Circulating Library
2700 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
804) 359-3743
braille@aol.com

Provides a circulating library of religious materials including Bible studies and commentaries, devotional reading, fiction, music, prophecy, and sermons. Catalog available in print. Free loan for eight weeks, requests voluntary offerings.

Bridge Christian Education for the Blind
4200 South Freeway Drive, Suite 702
Fort Worth, TX 76115
(817) 920-0444
(817) 920-0777 fax
rdyer@bcebonline.org
www.bcebonline.org

Offers a free lending library of Christian materials.

Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516-1302
(402) 488-0981
(402) 488-1902 TT
(402) 488-7582 fax
editor@christianrecord.org
www.christianrecord.org

Publishes two free quarterly magazines: Children's Friend and Christian Record and a free monthly magazine, The Student. Maintains a lending library for children and adults that includes such topics as Bible stories, biographies, devotion, and inspiration. Free loan for thirty days. Offers Bible study correspondence courses and an online library catalog.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Salt Lake Distribution Center
1999 West 1700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104-4233
(801) 240-5274
800-537-5950
(801) 240-3685 fax
ldscatalog@ldschurch.org
www.ldscatalog.com

Publishes church literature, including the Book of Mormon, Church Handbook of Instructions, Doctrine and Covenants, and study guides.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
ELCA Braille and Tape Ministry
Box 1209
Minneapolis, MN 55440
(612) 330-3502
800-426-0115, ext. 502
www.elca.org/disability/brailleandtape
Offers the Bible study portion of Lutheran Woman Today. Provides, upon request, braille materials needed by individuals who are blind or visually impaired to participate in their ELCA congregation, such as Sunday school materials, within the limits of current staff and volunteer availability. Free loan.

Forward Movement Publications
300 West Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2666
(513) 721-6659
800-543-1813
(513) 721-0729 fax
orders@forwarddaybyday.com
www.forwardmovement.org

Publishes Forward Day by Day, a quarterly with daily devotions, that is free upon request to any person who is blind, and the Book of Common Prayer: $100 for 13 volumes or $10 per volume; cost may be subsidized.

Gospel Light Foundation for the Blind
3760 Village Main Street
Loganville, GA 30052
(678) 475-7879
ministries@gflb.org
www.glfb.org

Offers free Bible correspondence courses and sends braille Bible lessons to students anywhere in the world who complete and return their lesson reports.

Guideposts Associates, Inc.
39 Seminary Hill Road
Carmel, NY 10512
800-932-2145
(845) 228-2115 fax
AtYourService@guideposts.org
www.guideposts.org

Provides the current issue of Guideposts, a monthly magazine, in electronic braille at www.guidepostsmag.com and in press braille from Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (www.clovernook.org) for $36 per year. Offers Positive Thinking Every Day of the Year and Daily Guideposts in electronic braille at www.bookshare.org.

International Christian Braille Mission, Inc.
5210 MacCorkle Avenue Southwest
South Charleston, WV 25309-1010
(304) 768-8876
icbmwv@wv-cis.net
www.icbminc.org

Offers three free magazines: Daily Devotions for the Deaf, quarterly, for individuals who are deaf-blind; The Dotted Line, sporadic, the newsletter of the International Christian Braille Mission; and We Would See Jesus, a monthly. Embosses the New Testament English Version for the Deaf in contracted and uncontracted braille, volume by volume, as funds and paper supply permit. Maintains a free lending library of materials, with a large selection in the Restoration Movement, for adults and children.

JBI International Library Services
110 East 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525
800-433-1531
(212) 689-3692 fax
library@jbilibrary.org
www.jbilibrary.org/index.html

Lends liturgical and life-cycle materials such as Bibles, prayer books, and Hebrew language texts. Publishes Braille Review, a free monthly magazine, that compiles articles from periodicals of Jewish interest. Maintains a digital library of braille materials in Hebrew and English at www.hebrewvisions.org that includes Babaganewz, a monthly children's magazine; Hebrew texts, such as the five books of Moses and Rashi commentary; and Hebrew braille basics. Produces on-demand educational materials of Jewish interest, such as textbooks for students of all ages.

Jewish Heritage for the Blind
1655 East 24th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 338-0500
800-995-1888
(718) 338-0653 fax
877-230-2205 fax
jhb.ny@verizon.net
jewishheritage@gmail.com
www.jhbinternational.org

Offers publications on Jewish laws, customs, and holidays for children and adults and a children's storybook series. Free; requests donations.

Lubavitch Shluchim Conferences on the Moshiach Campaign Committee for the Blind
c/o Enlightenment for the Blind, Inc.
602 North Orange Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-7095
(323) 934-7092 fax
info@.torah4blind.org
www.torah4blind.org

Publishes Living with Moshiach, a weekly digest on the Torah, and other publications on Lubavitch philosophy. Free to individuals who are blind and visually impaired; $18 per year to others.

Lutheran Blind Mission
7550 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 918-0415
888-215-2455
(314) 963-0738 fax
blind.mission@blindmission.org
gwww.blindmission.org

Lends books through the Lutheran Library for the Blind on subjects such as Bible study, biography, children's books, Christian life, devotion, and fiction. Provides free magazines that include Blind Mission Society newsletter, quarterly; Christian Life, monthly, for young adults; Lutheran Digest, quarterly; Lutheran Messenger for the Blind, monthly; Lutheran Witness, monthly; My Devotions, monthly, for ages 8–12; Portals of Prayer, quarterly; Strength for the Day, monthly; and Teen Time, monthly for eight months. Catalog available online.

Lutheran Braille Evangelism Association
1740 Eugene Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110-3312
(651) 426-0469
lbea@qwest.net
www.users.qwest.net/~lbea

Provides the Tract Messenger, a monthly inspirational magazine; King James version of the Bible; The Word of Life (selected Scripture); Children's Bible; The Evangel Hymn Book with words only; and Small Catechism and Prayers. Requests donation.

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc.
13471 California Street
P.O. Box 5000
Yucaipa, CA 92399
(909) 795-8977
800-925-6092
(909) 795-8970 fax
lbw@lbwinc.org
www.lbwinc.org

Provides books of the Bible in the New International version in partially contracted and contracted braille and the International Children's Bible, New Century version in uncontracted braille. Offers Christian books for adults and children and correspondence courses on Fundamentals of the Christian Faith, Life of Christ, and Life of Paul. Free.

The Upper Room
1908 Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 340004
Nashville, TN 37203-0004
800-972-0433 for braille subscriptions
www.upperroom.org

Publishes the Upper Room, a free bimonthly of Christian devotions.

Xavier Society for the Blind
154 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 473-7800

Provides free spiritual and inspirational materials and a lending library on topics in such areas as the Bible, biography, Christian living, liturgy, sacraments, personal growth, and prayer.

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Specialized Sources

Jumbo Braille

Braille Institute
Universal Media Services
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 906-3104 or
(323) 663-1111, ext. 1508
(323) 663-2332 fax
ums@brailleinstitute.org
www.universalmediaservices.org

Sells jumbo braille books.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0744 TT
(202) 707-0712 fax
nls@loc.gov
www.loc.gov/nls

Houses titles (from a centralized location) and distributes them through a cooperating network of regional and subregional libraries. Free loan to eligible readers.

Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 972-7240
800-852-3133 (in Massachusetts)
(617) 972-7363 fax
library@perkins.org
www.perkinslibrary.org

Lends books from the Harold Luther Memorial Jumbo Braille Library collection at Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library. Free loan to eligible readers.

Print/Braille

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults
1800 Johnson Street, Suite 180
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 361
brailleaction@nfb.org
www.actionfund.org

Lends Twin-Vision and braille books to children through the high school level through the Kenneth Jernigan Library for Blind Children. Free.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839
(502) 899-2274 fax
info@aph.org
www.aph.org

Sells children's books in print/braille.

BrailleInk.
1100 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 206-9252
800-324-2919
(512) 206-9142 fax
info@brailleink.org
www.brailleink.org

Sells two children's books in both print and braille: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (in uncontracted braille) and The Dot by Peter H.Reynolds (in contracted braille). $19.95 each.

The Braille Resource and Literacy Center
1094 South 350 West
Orem, UT 84058
(801) 224-3334
(801) 224-0089 fax
contact@brlcenter.org
www.brlcenter.org

Sells children's storybooks in print with uncontracted braille and in print with contracted braille. $6 each.

Christian Record Services, Inc.
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516-1302
(402) 488-0981
(402) 488-1902 TT
(402) 488-7582 fax
info@christianrecord.org
www.christianrecord.org

Offers three Full-Vision character-building books for children that can be borrowed for one month.

Exceptional Teaching, Inc.
5673 West Las Positas Boulevard
Suite 207
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(800) 549-6999
(925) 598-0086 fax
info@exceptionalteaching.comstore.exceptionalteaching.net/

Sells The Doll on the Top Shelf, a print/braille book about a girl who is blind who chooses a doll for Christmas based on how it feels rather than how it looks. Describes each illustration within the braille text. $21.95.

Future Aids, Braille Superstore
2190 Dolphin Crescent
Abbotsford, BC
Canada V2T 3T1
(604) 852-6341
800-987-1231
(250) 483-1590 fax
800-985-1231 fax
info@braillebookstore.com
www.braillebookstore.com

Sells print/braille books for children ages one to ten. $13.95 each.

National Braille Press, Inc.
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160
888-965-8965
(617) 437-0456 fax
orders@nbp.orgwww.nbp.org

Offers a Children's Braille Book Club that features a new print/braille book every month; each book may be purchased individually or on an annual book club subscription. Sells print/braille board books for babies. Promotes braille literacy through the national Read Books! program in conjunction with Seedlings Braille Books. The program distributes, at no charge, a braille book bag to families with blind and visually impaired children, ages birth to seven. Each bag contains a print/braille book, a braille primer for sighted parents Just Enough to Know Better, and the parents' guide Because Books Matter.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0744 TT
(202) 707-0712 fax
nls@loc.gov
www.loc.gov/nls

Offers more than nine hundred print/braille titles for children in preschool through eighth grade. Lends titles through a cooperating network of regional and subregional libraries. Free loan to eligible readers.

Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins Online Store
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 924-3434
877-473-7546 (877-4-PERKIN)
(617) 926-2027 fax
support.perkins.org/index.asp

Sells the Perkins Panda, which contains a tactile stuffed toy panda ($24.95), two storybooks in braille and large print, and one storybook in print/braille and large print ($12.95 each), activity guides ($7.95 each), audiocassettes($4.95 each), and a tote bag ($4.95). $94.95 per kit.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children
P.O. Box 51924
Livonia, MI 48151-5924
(734) 427-8552 telephone and fax
800-777-8552
info@seedlings.org
www.seedlings.org

Sells board books and print/braille picture books with braille and English text and with braille, English, and Spanish text. Sells print/braille books for children ages four to nine. Promotes reading by distributing, with National Braille Press, a free braille book bag to families with blind and visually impaired children, ages birth to seven, across the country. Catalog available in
print and online.

Seeing Hands
P.O. Box 46374
Minneapolis, MN 55446
(763) 404-2675
info@seeinghands.org
www.seeinghands.org

Sells print/braille books at various prices and lends print/braille books free to any individual who is visually impaired. Specializes in books for children ages four to twelve.

Volunteer Braille Services
1710 Douglas Drive
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 544-2880
vbsbrl@aol.com
www.vbsmn.org/library.php

Maintains Very Bumpy Stories, a print/braille and braille library for visually impaired children and young adults. The online catalog lists 643 print/braille books. Membership to the library is open to all individuals and to school districts within the state of Minnesota.

Whidbey Island Braillists
Beatrice Morgan
700 Scenic Heights Road
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
360-675-3459

Lends print/braille books for one month to individuals and schools.

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Selected Sources for Electronic Braille Text

Braille Book Files
www.iowa-braille.k12.ia.us/library.html#braille

Provided by the Iowa Braille School Library and Instructional Materials Center. Has electronic braille files of children's books that are ready to print on a braille embosser. They are formatted for standard braille paper, 11 x 11-1/2 inches, forty characters per line. Each file can be embossed without the use of a translation program.

Braille Book Files
jimallan@tsbvi.edu
www.tsbvi.edu/braille/braillebooks.htm

Offers electronic braille files of children's books for all grade levels that are submitted by teachers and transcribers. The site is maintained by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Access is password-protected and open to individuals who have a visual or other print disability and to members of a nonprofit organization or governmental agency that provides specialized services to such individuals. Books are in MegaDots, Duxbury, and ASCII format.

International Electronic Braille Book Library
(410) 659-9314
mgosse@prodigy.net
www.braille.org/braille_books

Contains more than one thousand titles of electronic braille books, including classics and publications of the National Federation of the Blind. Files, which are in contracted braille ASCII format, may be read online or downloaded for viewing offline or embossing.

PortaBook
National Braille Press
888-965-8965
orders@nbp.org
www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/publications/portabook.html

Sells book files in contracted braille that are available on CD or to be downloaded. PortaBooks are designed primarily to be read on a portable braille reading device, but they can also be embossed with a braille embosser or accessed with a computer and braille display or braille-aware notetaker. All current titles, and most older ones, are available in PortaBook format, except those with tactile graphics.

Web-Braille
800-424-8567
nls@loc.gov
www.loc.gov/nls/braille

Provides electronic files of press-braille books and magazines produced by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), braille music scores, and titles transcribed locally for cooperating network libraries. Access is password-protected and open to NLS patrons (residents of the United States or American citizens living abroad who have a visual or other print handicap) and eligible institutions such as schools for the blind. Files, which are in contracted braille ASCII format, may be read online or downloaded for viewing offline or embossing.

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Braille Presses and Selected Transcription Services

Braille on Request

The following organizations will produce materials on request and can handle small to medium size jobs. Costs for these services will vary and are negotiable.

Back-in Braille, Inc.
2375 East Tropicana Avenue, #351
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 353-2768
ed@backinbraille.com or kim@backinbraille.com
www.backinbraille.com

Braille, Inc.
65-B Town Hall Square
Falmouth, MA 02540
(508) 540-0800
braillinc@capecod.net

Braille Plus, Inc.
2659 Commercial Street SE
Suite 264
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 391-5335
866-264-2345
(503) 391-9359
service@brailleplus.net
www.brailleplus.net

Bumpy Pages
(972) 414-5678
info@bumpypages.com
www.bumpypages.com

Cleveland Sight Center
1909 East 101st Street
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 791-8118
bhines@clevelandsightcenter.org or lbrewer@clevelandsightcenter.org
www.clevelandsightcenter.org

Lighthouse International
Print Access Center
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022-1202
(212) 821-9689
braille@lighthouse.org
www.lighthouse.org/education-services/print-access-center/

Massachusetts Association for the Blind (MAB)
MAB Community Services, Braille Program
200 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 926-4232
800-852-3029 Massachusetts only
rpierson@mabcommunity.org
www.mabcommunity.org/MAB_Recording_Braille

Metrolina Association for the Blind
704 Louise Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 372-3870
(704) 372-3872 fax
rscheffel@mabnc.org
www.mabnc.org

Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund
3500 North Elm Street
Jackson, MI 49201
(517) 780-5096
(517) 688-3189 fax
tyler.colton@mi-braille.org
francelia.wonders@mi-braille.org
www.mi-braille.com

Minnesota State Services for the Blind
Communication Center: Braille
2200 University Avenue, #240
St. Paul, MN 55114-1840
(651) 642-0500
marcher@ssb.state.mn.us
www.mnssb.org/allages/commcenter/braille.html

National Braille Association, Inc.
Three Townline Circle
Rochester, NY 14623-2513
(585) 427-8260
(585) 427-0263 fax
nbaoffice@nationalbraille.org
www.nationalbraille.org

Quik-Scrybe, Inc.
1723 Sumac Street
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 485-6895
quikscrybe@comcast.net
www.quikscrybe.com

Volunteer Braille Services
1710 Douglas Drive
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 544-2880
vbsbrl@aol.com
www.vbsmn.org/transcription.html

Volunteer Services for the Visually Handicapped, Inc.
Central Library Building
803 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1436
(414) 286-3039
414) 286-5450 fax
info@vsvh.org
www.vsvh.org

Braille Producers

The braille presses listed below transcribe printed materials into braille for organizations and businesses. They are volume producers of braille and do not accommodate individual requests for transcriptions.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405800-223-1839
(502) 899-2274 fax
mnord@aph.org
www.aph.org

Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
919 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-0600
(215) 922-0692 fax
dfgodzieba@asb.org
www.asb.org

Braille Institute
Universal Media Services
741 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 906-3104 or(323) 663-1111, ext. 1508
(323) 663-2332 fax
ums@brailleinstitute.org
www.universalmediaservices.org

Braille International, Inc.
3290 Southeast Slater Street
Stuart, FL 34997
(772) 286-8366
888-336-3142
(772) 286-8909 fax
linda@brailleintl.org
www.brailleintl.org

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
7000 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231-5297
(513) 522-3860
(513) 728-3950 fax
cvb@clovernook.org
www.clovernook.org

gh, LLC
1305 Cumberland Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 775-3776
866-693-3687 (866-MY-3-DOTS)
(765) 775-2501 fax
ghinfo@ghbraille.com
www.ghbraille.com

National Braille Press, Inc.
88 St. Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-6160
800-548-7323
(617) 437-0456 fax
srambo@nbp.org
www.nbp.org

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Selected Bibliography (2005–2006) and Internet Resources

American Foundation for the Blind. Braille. Retrieved July 5, 2006.www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=6 with links to activities to promote early literacy, braille resources for parents, resources for teachers of braille, and DOTS for braille literacy, a free newsletter.

American Foundation for the Blind. Braille bug site. Retrieved July 5, 2006.www.afb.org/braillebug.

American Foundation for the Blind. National Literacy Center. Retrieved July5, 2006. www.afb.org/section.asp?SectionID=50.

Braille: into the next millennium. Washington: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and Friends of Libraries for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals in North America, 2000.600p. Free.

Braille on the Internet. Retrieved July 5, 2006. www.nyise.org/braille.htm.

Castellano, Carol. Because books matter: reading braille books with young blind children. Boston: National Braille Press, 2000. Also available in Spanish. Single copy free.

Clunies-Ross, Louise. Windows of perception: a review of the literature concerning uncontracted and contracted literary braille. British journal of visual impairment, v. 23, May 2005: 67û74.

Dots for families: ongoing literacy for families of children with visual impairments. Retrieved July 5, 2005.www.ed.arizona.edu/VILiteracy/default.htm.Mellor, C. Michael. Louis Braille: a touch of genius. Boston: National Braille Press, 2006. Available in braille, print, and Portabook formats.$25–$50, depending on format.

National Federation of the Blind. Literature about braille. Retrieved July 7, 2006. www.nfb.org/nfb/Braille_lit_list.asp?SnID=2.

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Resources for Further Information

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
(502) 895-2405
800-223-1839
(502) 899-2274 fax
info@aph.orgwww.aph.org

Maintains the Louis Database of Accessible Materials for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, which lists location information for more than180,000 titles in special format, including braille.

Braille Revival League
c/o American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-5081
800-424-8666
(202) 467-5085 fax
info@acb.orgwww.acb.org

Serves as an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Fosters the use, production, and instruction of braille. Encourages people who are blind to read and write in braille and advocates for mandatory braille instruction in educational facilities for individuals who are blind. Publishes the newsletter BRL Memorandum.

International Braille Research Center
National Federation of the Blind

1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, ext. 367
(410) 685-5653 fax
nfb@nfb.orgwww.nfb.org

Encourages and promotes the teaching and use of braille, conducts research studies to determine the best methods for teaching braille, maintains a resource library of scholarly papers related to braille, and recognizes distinguished teachers of braille for their outstanding service to students who are blind.

National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB)
Nadine Jacobson, President
5805 Kellogg Avenue
Edina, MN 55424-1819
(952) 927-7694
nadine.jacobson@visi.com
www.nfbcal.org/napub/napub.htm

Serves as a division of the National Federation of the Blind. Promotes the use of braille and its production and instruction. Encourages the reading and writing of braille and advocates for mandatory braille instruction in educational facilities for individuals who are blind. Cosponsors with the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Reference Section
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100
(202) 707-0744 TT
(202) 707-0712 fax
nls@loc.gov
www.loc.gov/nls

Provides free reference circulars and directories, including:

Braille Literacy: Resources for Instruction, Writing Equipment, and Supplies
www.loc.gov/nls/reference/circulars/brailleliteracy.html

Library Resources for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: A Directory with Budget, Staff, and Collections Information and FY Statistics on Readership and Circulation www.loc.gov/nls/reference/directories/resources.html

Magazines in Special Media, lists magazines available from NLS and by direct subscription from other sources in various formats, including braille and digital braille
www.loc.gov/nls/reference/directories/magazines.html

Sources of Custom-Produced Books, a directory of groups and organizations in the United States that produce materials in special formats
www.loc.gov/nls/reference/directories/sources.html

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Revised by
Ruth Nussbaum and Carol Strauss
Reference Section
2007


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