Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled keeps people reading with audio and braille books. A redesigned website helps patrons, caregivers, and advocates gain easier access to resources.
Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS) has a new website that makes it easier to sign up or access audio or braille books and other low vision resources. The redesigned website has improved accessibility features and has been tested for ease of reading with screen-reading devices. The URL is https://gls.georgialibraries.org.
Reading devices help people continue to do the things they love.
“The removal of barriers that prevent lifelong learning through reading is our ultimate goal,” said Kristin White, director for Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. “Our services provide a sense of community, independence, and entertainment. We want our patrons, caregivers, and advocates to easily access the information they need.”
Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled also launched a TV and radio public service announcement to raise awareness of the free services they provide.
“There are many people across Georgia who could benefit from our services but they don’t know we exist,” said White. “We hope our PSA and website can help reach them so they have the opportunity to keep reading and pursuing their goals.”
Through Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Georgia Public Library Service provides library services for individuals who are blind or whose physical abilities require the use of books and magazines in audio format or in braille.
The service lends talking books and the easy-to-use talking book players needed to use them free of charge and also offers talking books and magazines online and through the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) mobile app. Reader advisors are available to help patrons with any questions or to select books via phone.
Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled isn’t just for those who are blind. Individuals also are eligible if they are low vision, temporarily or permanently physically unable to hold a book and turn the page, or have reading disabilities such as dyslexia.