EYEKNOWAZ is intended to be a directory of services for individuals with vision loss or combined hearing and vision loss and for the community. We have done our best to indicate which needs each organization provides services to assist with. This directory is not comprehensive, nor do listings imply endorsement or evaluation of programs in any way. Provided by the Governor’s Council on Blindness & Visual Impairment
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides books and magazines in recorded and braille formats for readers who have difficulty reading due to a visual or physical disability. Materials and special equipment are loaned for free, being sent and returned to eligible readers by postage-free mail. Books from every genre are available including bestsellers, children’s books, and foreign language materials. Readers also have access to over 70 magazines in recorded and braille formats. For more information you can visit the Arizona Talking Book Library homepage at https://www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks or the NLS homepage at https://www.loc.gov/nls/.
Talking Books are recorded audio materials provided by the NLS that are loaned for free to those that qualify. Talking Books can be played using special Talking Books players or they can be downloaded onto various smart devices using the BARD Mobile app. The Talking Books players are designed to be easy to use by those who cannot see, read regular print, or handle printed materials. Talking Books players are loaned indefinitely to eligible readers and additional devices are also available to aid readers with various impairments. For more information you can visit the Arizona Talking Book Library homepage at https://www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks or the NLS homepage at https://www.loc.gov/nls/.
BARD & BARD Mobile
BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) allows users to download digital Talking Books and braille materials directly from a website onto blank Talking Book cassettes or USB drives that can be plugged into the Talking Books players. BARD Mobile is an app administered by the NLS that is available on various smart devices. The BARD website and BARD Mobile app provide access to nearly 80,000 Talking Books and braille materials including books, magazines, and music scores. For more information you can visit the Arizona Talking Book Library BARD homepage at https://www.azlibrary.gov/talkingbooks/bard or the NLS BARD FAQ homepage at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/NLS/FAQ.html.
NFB (National Federation of the Blind) Newsline offers over 400 publications from various media, including national and international newspapers and magazines. The service is free to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or print-disabled. NFB-Newsline can be accessed through multiple methods including smart devices, e-mail, and Talking Books players. For information you can visit the NFB-Newsline homepage at https://nfb.org/nfbnewsline.
Sun Sounds of Arizona
Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to current and local information for people who cannot read print because of a restricting disability. Sun Sounds of Arizona can be accessed in many different ways using online methods, smart devices, or specially configured radios that are loaned at no charge to registered members. For more information you can visit the Sun Sounds of Arizona homepage at https://sunsounds.org/.
Catch the Vision
Catch the Vision is a group of Prescott residents who are committed to sharing information about assistive technology for individuals who have vision loss. Catch the Vision meets the first and third Mondays of the month in the Bump Room at Prescott Public Library.