Janice and Blindness

Janice Oliveira jeo13 at cornell.edu
Sun Mar 12 10:51:49 EST 2000

Hi Kevin,
	If you live in the U.S., is your dad a member of the National Library
Service?  They have a lot of books for both children and adults and that's
where I get most of my books.  You do need a specialized tape player for
the cassettes but they loan them to members for free.  (As far as I know,
the only requirement for membership, aside from being a US citizen, is that
you're blind and/or have some physical problem that prevents you from
reading or physically handling print books--no use of arms/hands, a true
learning disability, etc.)  There are other organizations that record
and/or braille books, but NLS is the main one for pleasure reading.
(Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic has some, but they're mostly for
school and college textbooks, which is also a great service!)  I'm glad
there's been such an increase in recorded books from private companies--it
helps increase the selection, although, as you mentioned, it's still pretty
limited, especially for someone like me who's been an insatiable reader
ever since I could read braille or understand speech.  <grin>
	I just checked out the website for my local chapter of the Talking Book
Library--part of NLS--and found Cart and Cwidder and Drowned Ammet; they
must have *just* gotten them in!  Where were you able to find The Ogre
Downstairs?  I haven't yet come across that one.  If you'd like to check
out this website to get an idea about the program, it's
You can probably get in touch with them and see if there's a branch where
you live (or your dad can).
	Hope this helps!

Janice and Pavi  

At 10:07 PM 3/12/00 +1100, you wrote:
>My father is blind and the only talking books he's interested in are true
>stories of mountain climbing and sols yachting. I've read them too but not
>My dad's blindness is from retinitis pigmentosa and that's supposed to jump
>a generation, so it's likely one of my sons will have it. I would be
>interested in your opinions on the audio book dearth in children's
>literature. The only DWJ I've heard is Ogre Downstairs, are there others?
>I often take a children's audio book with me on long car trips. There are
>some good ones but the publishers can get stuck on particular author and
>publish everything regardless of value and quality.
>I am happy you de-lurked.
>From a fellow lurker
>Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 13:31:40 -0500
>From: Janice Oliveira <jeo13 at cornell.edu>
>Subject: intro
>Hi everyone,
>        I've been lurking around on the list, so I thought I'd at least
>myself.  :-)  I'm from Long Island, New York, U.s. but am at college in
>upstate New York right now, studying animal science.  I'm blind and have a
>guide dog named Pavarotti--a little black lab.
>        I've loved all of DWJ's books that I've been able to read
>there's a limited number of them available here in braille or on cassette)
>and am rereading them (for about the twentieth time <grin>) in between
>classwork.  I'm also into science fiction and fantasy in general, as well
>as detective and anything related to animals.
>        Well, bye for now; have a great day!
>Janice and Pavi
>"Though your promise count for nothing, you must keep it
>nonetheless."--Leonard Cohen
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