CD-Based Books Increase Access for Learning Disabled Students

Students with visual impairments or severe learning disabilities will now have access to thousands of textbooks recorded on CD from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D). An inaugural collection of 6,000 digitally recorded educational titles, including books from the “Harry Potter” series, will be added to the nonprofit organization’s collection of 91,000 accessible textbooks.

The books allow instant access to any page, chapter or subheading with the touch of a button. To listen, students need a portable CD player equipped to play the books, or a multimedia computer with a CD-ROM drive and specialized software. Playback hardware and software are available through RFB&D for nonprofit sale. Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Princeton, N.J., (866) RFBD-585, www.rfbd.org.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2002 issue of THE Journal.

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