Where can I go for reading resources for children with vision impairment during the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

These options are available in accessible formats and free to use.

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare is a free online service that provides accessible textbooks and resources for learners with sight loss, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and qualifying physical impairments. RNIB are keen to make sure that learners with a print disability are still able to access the books and resources they need while they are having to learn at home. 

If your child already has RNIB Bookshare through their school, the school should have been able to make arrangements for your child to get the books they need at home.

If not, please email [email protected] with proof of your child’s disability along with your name and contact details, and the name of their school. If you need any further information or advice, email [email protected] or telephone 0300 303 8313.

The accessibility products company Dolphin are providing free video sessions on how to use RNIB Bookshare.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose from free ePubBooks and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. It has a huge collection of work for which US copyright has expired. The website includes many classic books that are useful for literacy classes in English and several other modern foreign languages.

Online Literature Network

A searchable database of thousands of novels, poems and plays that has been collated for students, educators and enthusiasts alike. The website arranges works by author and has a biography of each of the over 260 authors represented.

Audible

Audible is an audiobook service that you can listen to online or download stories onto your device. They are now offering free audiobooks from their stories service while schools are closed.

RNIB Library Service

RNIB’s library team are available to help young people, parents and teachers with any enquiries about books and reading. There are thousands of titles in braille, giant print (24 point) and audio on CD or USB stick for children and young people, from a range of popular authors. They have books by authors such as Julia Donaldson, David Walliams, John Boyne, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman and Michael Morpurgo.

CustomEyes

This service by Guide Dogs produces tailor-made large-print fiction, non-fiction, picture books, revision guides and textbooks for home and school and sends them to you for the recommended retail price (RRP). The service caters for children and young adults up to 25. Contact Guide Dogs on 0118 983 8275 or email [email protected].

Living Paintings

Living Paintings Trust is a national charity that helps blind and partially sighted adults and children by offering a free library service. Pictures are tactile and accompanied by audio commentary. Membership is free – every item in this charity's library is loaned and posted for free. They also have a free track available each day on their Daily Sound Lounge. Tracks include mindfulness, story time, nature trails and celebrity chat.

Rhyming multi-sensory stories

Are step by step multi-sensory stories for anyone with an interest in exploring storytelling through the senses in a fun and engaging way.

RNIB’s Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team would like to hear from you if you have any specific concerns, in particular “How do I?” questions or topics. Please email [email protected] using the title “How we can help you?” with your ideas or concerns or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 99 99 

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support Team are also available to answer any questions you have about your child’s current or future educational needs. Contact them on 0800 781 1444 or email them at [email protected]

General information on the coronavirus can be found on the gov.uk coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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