Nov. 28 – The Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled has launched a new website that makes it easier to log in or access audio or braille books and other resources for the visually impaired.
The redesigned website has improved accessibility features and has been tested for readability with screen readers. The URL is https://gls.georgialibraries.org.
“Breaking down barriers that prevent lifelong learning through reading is our ultimate goal,” said Kristin White, country director of the Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. “Our services provide a sense of community, independence and entertainment. We want our clients, caregivers and advocates to have easy access to the information they need.”
Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled is also launching a new TV and radio PSA that will be broadcast nationwide to raise awareness of the free services they offer.
“There are many people across Georgia who could benefit from our services, but they don’t know we exist,” White said. “We hope that our new PSA and website can help reach them, so they have the opportunity to continue reading and pursue their goals.”
Through the Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, the Georgia Public Library Service offers library services to people who are blind or whose physical abilities require the use of books and periodicals in audio or Braille format. The Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled lends audiobooks free of charge and the easy-to-use audiobook players needed to use them, and also offers audiobooks and magazines online and via the Braille and Audio Reading Mobile Download App . Reader advisors are available to visitors with questions or when choosing a book over the phone.
The Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled isn’t just for the blind. Individuals who are visually impaired, temporarily or permanently unable to hold and turn a book, or have reading disabilities such as dyslexia are also eligible.
The Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Enrollment Application can be completed by hand or computer and includes basic questions such as name, address, eligibility requirements, and the types of reading materials that interest the user. The application includes a place for the certification body to sign. After receiving the request by mail or email, staff will contact you to provide service delivery in the manner preferred by the customer.
For more information, call 1-800-248-6701, email [email protected], or visit gls.georgialibraries.org.