Braille Book Review

March-April 2012

In Brief

Newsstand

The following announcements may be of interest to readers. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped reserves the right to publish announcements selectively, as space permits. The items mentioned, however, are not part of the NLS program and their listings do not imply endorsement.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assistance available

Individuals who are blind or visually impaired may download hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications from IRS.gov. These products range from accessible PDFs to e-braille formats and are accessible using screen-reading software and refreshable braille displays. Visit IRS.gov, then select the Accessibility link on the lower right-hand side of the page to download these forms and publications. A video that highlights IRS products and services for people with disabilities is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4PfzKqpXmg. external link

People who are unable to complete their tax return because of blindness, visual impairment, or a physical disability may request assistance from a local IRS Tax Assistance Center, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, or a Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site. To find a Tax Assistance Center near you visit IRS.gov, select Contact IRS, and then select Contact Your Local IRS Office. You may find a nearby VITA or TCE location (both are sponsored by the IRS) by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues and is available at IRS.gov in HTML and PDF formats.

Visit www.IRS.gov and enter "accessibility" in the search box for more information.

Free accessible preschool children's books

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) have come together to provide accessible books free to preschool children who are blind or visually impaired. Books will be available in both audio and print-braille formats. The audiobooks are encrypted according to NLS specifications and are meant to be played on an NLS digital talking-book player or an NLS-approved device.

To browse the expanding audio collection visit www.aph.org, select the APH Partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library link, then choose the Download Free APH/DPIL Audio Files external link link. APH also plans to select five titles from the current year's DPIL booklist for braille transcription. Two hundred copies of each title will be produced and provided free to eligible patrons. Eligibility requirements will be posted on the APH website.

For more information visit www.aph.org and select the APH Partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library external link link or call toll-free 1-800-223-1839 on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. eastern time.


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