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Talking Book Library - Links

Links to National and State TBL Resources

  • The National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, NLS, provides eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions with answers, searching and viewing the talking book catalog online, fact sheets and reference documents, and other relevant information for people interested in our program.
  • The Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services, BBTBLS, is the primary source for talking book services in Florida. We place loan requests in the BBTBLS computer on behalf of Pinellas County readers who want talking books that are older than two years. Their website covers eligibility, services available to Florida residents, location of subregional libraries in metropolitan areas, and information on Friends of the Library.

Links to Tampa Bay Area Agencies and Organizations Serving People With Disabilities or Older Adults

  • Neighborly Senior Services through the Neighborly Care Network has been providing health and wellness programs to seniors and their families for 44 years.
  • Lighthouse of Pinellas has provided services to meet the needs of the blind or visually impaired for over 50 years.
  • Lighthouse of Manasota is the only nationally accredited, private, non-profit agency providing rehabilitation training to blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages residing in a five county region that includes Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte and Highlands.
  • The Area Agency on Aging develops, and coordinates services for older adults in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
  • Goodwill-Suncoast emphasizes training and support for employment of people with disabilities.
  • The Florida Council of the Blind (FCB), a state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), is a statewide organization of blind people working to make life better through public education, legislative actions, and providing a statewide information and referral service through Project Insight.
  • Expertise For many people, owning and maintaining a home is one of the most significant investments they ever make. But for individuals and veterans living with disabilities or special needs, or seniors aging in place, the fact that most homes are not built to accommodate their needs accessible. Unfortunately, without access to the right resources, creating a safe and accessible home can be a challenging and expensive task. For this reason, Expertise.com have developed a guide that hopes to help caregivers and those living with disabilities understand the available federal grants as well as tools that can help create a home that is accessible.

Links to Information About Books, Blindness, and Access

  • A Guide to Visual Disabilities is a guide to show how today's colleges and universities are improving their technology and resources to help students with visual disabilities earn degrees. This new guide also provides a list of online technology and literary resources students with impairments can use on their own to get ahead. Two experts contributed to the development of this guide, including Chris Danielson, Director of Public Relations for the National Federation of the Blind, and Marcus Madsen, Senior Disability Services Advisor at Capella University.
  • Blind Café is the "hottest, most happening place around on the web. Where the blind community will be inspired and entertained! It's a great place to learn, laugh, chat and make long lasting friendships with people from around the world."
  • Assistive Media is the net's first audio-literary service for persons with print reading/access barriers.
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 includes specifications for web access by people with disabilities has been released by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C).
  • National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Florida Internet Mailing List.

Links to Adaptive Technology Web Sites

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