There are lots of useful resources to help children and young people with vision impairment to learn and develop.
Products, toys and games
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Books and magazines
We offer lots of reading materials in a range of formats for young bookworms to enjoy:
Accessible learning materials
RNIB Bookshare UK education collection (formerly Load2Learn) is a free online resource. It allows educators to download curriculum materials in a range of formats and adapt them to suit personal reading needs, including braille, large print and audio.
Other reading resources
- Booktouch from Bookstart aims to get blind and partially sighted babies and toddlers "bookstarted". A Booktouch pack is available free to parents or carers of blind or partially sighted children up to (and including) the age of four. Packs can be accessed via Local Authorities or by asking your Health Visitor about them.
- You may be interested in shared reading books. These are standard print books that have been adapted to include braille on clear interleaved sheets or on clear labels which have been stuck to the pages of the book.
- Accessible image books are designed to support and encourage the early stages of tactile graphic literacy development and enjoyment.
- Calibre Audio Library has a wide choice of full-length books for children and young people available to borrow.
- Cue and Review provides national magazines on tape, including five teenage titles with an emphasis on music.
- Clear Vision lends tactile books and dual format braille/print and Moon/print books for adults and children to share reading. Titles are suitable for pre-school children and children learning to read. Living Paintings Trust is a unique national charity that helps blind and partially sighted adults and children by offering a free library service. By providing pictures that can be "felt" with audio commentary, Living Paintings enables children who cannot see to enjoy popular children's books. Membership is free - every item in this charity's library is loaned and posted for free.
- Bag Books publishes multi-sensory stories for people with profound learning disabilities. The sensory contents invite interaction and the story line encourages the teller to use exaggerated voice tones and timing.
- Story Sacks offer a large cloth bag which contains a story book and various props to bring the story to life. They have been developed for use in all childcare settings, but can be particularly useful in animating a story for a child who cannot see the pictures in the book.
- Guide Dogs has a growing catalogue of large print books for children and young people up to age 25. Books are tailor-made to suit each eye condition for only the RRP per book.
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