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Audio Books Online

Bookshare™ provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients. Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access technology makes it easy to read books with a computer. Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships.

Learning Ally https://learningally.org/
Learning Ally (previously RFB&D) is a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, is the leading accessible audiobook library for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia. With titles available in every subject area and grade level, Learning Ally's digitally recorded audio textbooks help students challenged by the printed page.

Community Resources

Disabilities Rights Center
The Disabilities Rights Center (DRC) is the federally funded Protection and Advocacy agency for New Hampshire. The DRC offers advice, advocacy, information, legal representation and referal to persons with disabilities when the issue directly relates to the person's disability.

ServiceLink Resource Centers
ServiceLink is a statewide network of community-based resource centers. ServiceLink provides free information and referrals to resources for persons with disabilities, persons with a chronic illness, families, older adults, and caregivers.

National Resources

American Council of the Blind
This is a national organization for people who are blind and visually impaired. The organization offers a toll-free information and referral service. The organization has publications including a free Braille magazine. Public awareness training is also offered.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Information and technical assistance on the ADA.

American Foundation for the Blind
This organization and website has information on blindness and vision loss, education, employment, technology, research etc.

Hadley School for the Blind
Promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
The NFB offers advocacy, education, research, technology for persons who are blind. Programs are designed to encourage independence and self-confidence

Perkins School for the Blind
Provides education and services for children and adults around the world who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired.

Organizations for the Blind and Physically Disabled

Dog Guide Users of New Hampshire
This is an information and support group for people who use guide or other service dogs in New Hampshire. Information is given on advocacy, care, education, handling, traising, and public awareness.

Future In Sight (formerly: New Hampshire Association for the Blind)
This organization provides vision rehabilitation services. Services are for persons who are blind and visually impaired. Services are provided to persons in New Hampshire of all ages. Services are statewide.


State Agencies

Services for Blind and Visually Impaired
This program provides those services necessary to help people with visual loss to enter, re-enter, or maintain employment.

Sight Services for Independant Living (SSIL)
SSIL is a statewide, community based program sponsored by the NH Department of Education, Division of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation, Services for Blind and Visually Impaired. It was developed to help adults age 55 or older with functional vision problems to maintain their independence at home and in the community. It provides opportunities to talk with others who are experiencing or have experienced similar frustrations and solutions. Also, the program enables participants to get new information, to learn about and try low vision aids, and to develop new skills that help them regain confidence and cope more effectively with the effects of vision loss.

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