Reading broadens the mind, relieves boredom, educates, entertains and keeps people informed. Audible output or “talking” devices and equipment can bring the written word to anyone who is visually impaired. BlindSight Delaware’s Recording Services program provides a free subscription service thanks to the Delaware Division of Libraries and a group of dedicated volunteers. We also provide custom recording services. Whether it a book (exceptions apply), product instructions or manual, conference materials, voting instructions, etc., we can record and provide that material to you as an mp3 file that you can store on a computer or removable disk.
Weekly Subscription Service
Our subscribers have access to:
- BlindSight Delaware’s Newsletter
- Delaware State News
- Delaware Today
- The News of Delaware (News Journal)
- USA Today
- New York Times Book Review
- New York Times Travel Section
- New York Times Arts & Leisure Section
- AARP Magazine
- AARP Bulletin
- Our Daily Bread
- Out & About Magazine
This program is free of charge and is offered in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Libraries and the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. The NLS administers a free national library program that provides braille and recorded materials to those who qualify; provides free playback equipment required to read audio books and magazines; and, provides digital audio and braille materials available through the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) online service. Participants of BlindSight Delaware’s Recording Services must meet the NLS qualifications to receive the free playback equipment.
Who is Eligible?
- All Blind persons whose visual acuity, as determined by competent authority, is 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting lenses, or whose widest diameter of visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
- Other physically handicapped persons are eligible as follows:
- Persons whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is certified by competent authority as preventing the reading of standard printed material.
- Persons certified by competent authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.
- Persons certified by competent authority as having a reading disability resulting from organic dysfunction and of sufficient severity to prevent their reading printed material in a normal manner.
Who is a “Competent Authority”?
In cases of blindness, visual impairment, or physical limitations, “competent authority” is defined to include doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, ophthalmologists, optometrists, registered nurses, therapists, and professional staff at hospitals, institutions, and public or private welfare agencies (e.g., social workers, case workers, counselors, rehabilitation teachers, and superintendents). In the absence of any of these, certification may be made by professional librarians or by any person whose competence under specific circumstances is acceptable to the Library of Congress.
In the case of a reading disability from organic dysfunction competent authority is defined as doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines.
Eligible readers must be residents of the United States, including the several states, territories, insular possessions, and the District of Columbia; or, American citizens domiciled abroad.
How to Apply for a Digital Player
To apply for a digital talking player, click the link for an application, print it and mail a completed application to:
Delaware Library Access Services
Delaware Division of Libraries
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N,
Dover, DE 19901
Or Call Delaware Division of Libraries, Delaware Library Access Services toll free 1 (800) 282-8676 for assistance.
Once you have received your playback equipment contact BlindSight Delaware’s Recording Services Department and let us know you want to subscribe to “Our Local News” and other recordings. You may do so by calling toll free 1 (888) 777-3925 or through the “Contact Us” form at the top of our website.