Blind or vision impaired resources

QUEENSLAND NARRATING SERVICE (QNS)

QNS can assist with making all forms of printed information available in an audio format for use on any platform.  If you're an individual with a print disability who requires access to information in an audio format to maintain independence you have the right to request the information be made accessible and may be able to gain Interpreting and Translating supports.  The use of audio formats is vital in recognition of the importance of the oral transmission of historical and cultural knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and to overcome literacy barriers and vision loss.  QNS has experience in producing Indigenous resources and has produced a range of audio books written by Indigenous authors.  You can search their online catalogue for a list of books written by Indigenous authors.  You can search their online catalogue for a list of titles. www.qns.net.au or contact them on email qns@qns.net.au or phone (07) 3324 0004.

 

BRAILLE HOUSE

You can learn braille, to read by touch and to write it on a braille machine.  Tutoring is available at Braille House in Annerley and remotely for distance students.  Queensland Braille Writing Association (QBWA) also has a free braille and moon book lending library with nearly 2500 books which you can access just by becoming a member of Braille House.  Borrowed books are sent to your home and returned to Braille House in special bags delivered by the Post Office.  There is a collection of reproducible tactile maps including major towns and cities plus outline maps with braille legends of some schools, universities, shopping centres and/much more.  You can translate documents and letters into braille and purchase greeting cards with individual messaging for a small fee.  Contact Braille House for more information at www.braillehouse.org.au or phone (07) 3848 5257.

 

RESOURCES FOR TRAVELERS WITH VISION IMPAIRMENT

Traveling can be stressful at any time, but it can be even more overwhelming if you or your travel companion are dealing with a visual impairment.  For some useful resources that will help you plan your trip ahead of time so it runs as smoothly as possible go to https://upgradedpoints.com/resources-for-travelers-vision-impairment/

 

BE MY EYES

Be My Eyes is a FREE mobile app designed to bring sight to the blind and visually impaired.  With the press of a button, the app establishes a live video connection between blind and visually impaired users and sighted volunteers.  Every day, volunteers are lending their eyes to solve challenges both big and small in the lives of the blind and visually impaired.  With over half a million users across 150 countries, Be My Eyes has grown to become the largest online community for the vlind and visually impaired.  The app harnesses the power of generosity, technology and human connection to help blind and visually impaired individuals lead more independent lives.  To find out more information please go to http://bemyeyes.com/

 

 

 

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