A visual impairment doesn’t need to restrict your child’s access to the wonderful world of literature. Here are a range of resources to help bring stories to life for your child.
This Community Interest Project produces and publishes high quality early years’ books in dual format – giant print (75pt) & braille – with illustrations. The design enables braille or large print readers to read without obscuring the text or illustrations; and therefore gives children and adults the opportunity to read together, forming both educational and social relationships – the biggest contributing factor to children’s early years’ learning of language, confidence and social interaction.
Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.
ClearVision is a postal lending library of children’s books designed to be shared by visually impaired and sighted children and adults. We lend books all across the UK and Ireland. All books have braille, print and pictures. This allows children with little or no sight to share books with their sighted friends and family, and adult braille readers to enjoy stories with sighted children.
This service, provided by Guide Dogs, produces custom-made large print books books to suit your specific requirements, by tailoring the font type, size, spacing, colour and binding.
Listening Books is a UK Charity providing audiobooks to thousands of people across the country who, for various reasons, cannot read print books.
Living Paintings is a unique publishing house and library. They are a UK charity who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. They publish titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult. Books are distributed through a free postal lending library.
National Braille Week:
National Braille Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of braille and other alternative formats that open up the written world to people with vision impairment.
RNIB Bookshare is a free service providing accessible textbooks to support dyslexic, partially sighted or blind learners who have difficulty reading standard print. Although it predominantly serves those in education, a growing number of other titles are now available for leisure reading. The service offers a range of accessible formats that can be read electronically or adapted to suit the personal reading needs of learners.
RNIB Talking Books
The RNIB Talking Books service is absolutely free. It gives visually impaired people acess to over 25,000 fiction and non fiction books for adults and children.
This website allows people to convert files into other formats. For example, converting a word document into audio. This website is especially useful if you need to read a long document or for different methods of revising.
Scruffy the Uffy
After finding out that her son would be a braille user, mum Julie started to look for books and games for him. After realising that the provisions for children were limited, they decided to create their own books using her son’s favourite toy, Scruffy, as the star. 2 books have now been published, and more are in the pipeline. You can find out more by reading our article about Scruffy the Uffy.