For adults with impaired vision or other disability:
“Choice Magazine Listening is an audio anthology of high-quality magazine writing, offered completely free of charge to eligible adults all over the country. CML’s exceptional, unique service isn’t only for those who are blind. It’s for anyone who has difficulty reading, or even holding a magazine, due to a visual or physical limitation. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, macular degeneration, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, ALS, stroke, and more.
Each 12-hour issue of CML contains several dozen unabridged articles, plus a few pieces of fiction and poetry, carefully selected by our three experienced editors from approximately 100 magazines. The selections are recorded by professional audio-book narrators and brought to you four times a year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Not only is CML absolutely free, but the special player you will need is provided free by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (NLS).”
Learn how to access Choice Magazine today! Click here for instructions.
Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library
Heiskell Library is the only NYC library created to serve people with print disabilities. It offers indoor and outdoor reading areas, a children’s room, technology devices, and more.
The library offers in a lot of wonderful services if you visit in-person, but you may be eligible for deliveries of, and instant downloads of more than 80,000 narrated talking books, as well as 14,000 braille and digital braille books and magazines with BARD.
Borrowing is easy. Visit nypl.org/talkingbooks for eligibility information and downloadable application forms.
Literacy Nassau is a Long Island-based not-for profit organization that makes literacy services accessible to disadvantaged populations of all ages by providing donation-based language-building programs.
Their Next Chapter Book Club is for adults with developmental disabilities and anyone can join regardless of their literacy level. These small book clubs of 6-8 people offer adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to read for pleasure and socialize in the community. Guided by a pair of trained volunteer facilitators, Literacy Nassau’s Next Chapter Book Clubs meet weekly for an hour at select libraries and cafes across Nassau and Suffolk counties. Visit this link for more information including how to register today!
More from Literacy Nassau:
They also offer the following free, or donation-based, programs:
Small group instruction for (beginner and intermediate) adult English language learners
Large classes for (advanced) adult English language learners
Citizenship application assistance and workshops
Small group instruction for adult basic literacy learners
Individualized, multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham instruction for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities
Learn more here.