RNIB has a number of reading and writing services for blind and partially sighted children, young people and adults.
RNIB Bookshare is an online resource that provides UK curriculum materials in a range of accessible formats that can be adapted to suit the personal reading needs of learners. The service enables learners who cannot read standard print, including those with dyslexia or sight loss, to read the same books at the same time as their peers, giving them the same educational opportunities.
You can join and use RNIB Bookshare for free if you're:
There is a small charge for schools based overseas.
RNIB produces exam materials in the required accessible format for all levels of exams, such as Key Stage 2, GCSE and A-Level. They have vast experience in the modification and transcription of materials into braille, large print, modified large print and creating supporting tactile images or diagrams.
The specialist team look at a question and determine how this can be adapted and modified to make sure that no student is disadvantaged. They are only able to provide costs for this service when provided with the standard versions of the exam, as costs are based on the length and complexity.
For more information, as well as help and guidance, please email [email protected].
Talking Books provides access to over 25,000 fiction and non-fiction books for blind and partially sighted adults and children in the UK.
Users can borrow up to six books at one time and choose to receive them via:
Books are also available to purchase on the RNIB Online Shop.
The service is free to use.
To register either contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or purchase the subscription for free from the RNIB Online Shop.
The RNIB Library collection gives blind and partially sighted people in the UK access to over 6,000 giant print and 25,000 braille titles in a wide range of genres that are suitable for adults and children.
It’s free to join and postage is free for books delivered by post.
For more information and to sign up, contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or at [email protected]. You can also download a library registration form, which can be sent to the Helpline by email or post.
The music library has scores and tuition materials that can be enjoyed by established musicians, complete beginners or those who want to revive an old hobby. It offers:
Scores can be borrowed for three months and are delivered for free to members of the RNIB Library.
For more information please email [email protected].
RNIB Newsagent delivers an extensive range of popular newspapers and magazines (such as Reader’s Digest, New Scientist and BBC Horrible Histories) in a range of formats (including braille, audio on CD/USB/digital download, large print and e-text - a digital text-only file available via email/download).
The service is free for children under 16. For adults, the prices vary depending on the format.
To find out more or to take out a subscription, contact the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 or at [email protected].
RNIB offers a number of transcription services including:
At the time of writing this service is free, but please contact RNIB for further information.
The Personal Transcription team at Ivybridge offer advice and guidance on the best way of providing you with what you need. Email [email protected] and they will help you through the whole process.
If you’re based in Wales or require transcription in Welsh, RNIB’s Cardiff Transcription team can help. Please contact them by emailing [email protected].Tags Insight magazine