Special academic needs should be discussed with a local network library and local educational authorities. Please email the NLS Reference Section for information about such sources and about others available for individuals with reading disabilities. The following selected resources below may also be useful:
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The AccessText Network is a partnership between publishers of educational materials and educational institutions. Publishers offer materials in accessible formats through the network for students with disabilities. The materials are shared through the student’s college or university. A student with a qualifying disability can request a book in accessible format from the disability services coordinator in their educational institution. That coordinator has login credentials to the AccessText Network and is able to download the item in a format that the student can read.
Bookshare provides digital books free to all US students with qualifying disabilities. Books are available for download in audio and braille formats.
The HathiTrust is a partnership of more than a dozen member research libraries that scan their collections to make them available over the Internet. Full texts of materials in the public domain are available. The HathiTrust recently partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to make their collection accessible to people with print disabilities.
Learning Ally is a private, nonprofit organization that lends recorded textbooks and other educational materials to people who cannot read regular print because of visual, perceptual, or other physical disabilities. A registration fee and an annual membership fee are required.