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Audiocassettes are useful to people with or without disabilities and are easily reproduced. Some people who have visual impairments cannot or prefer not to read Braille. People with learning disabilities may find audiocassettes easier to use than standard print materials. Even people without visual impairments use audiocassettes to "read" while they drive, do chores, or do other activities. Be sure to note in your print materials that the same materials are also available on audiocassette.

How to Record Print Materials on Audiocassette

An Introduction to Tape
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (United Kingdom) provides basic guidelines on recording print materials onto audiocassette.

Removing Barriers: Tips and Strategies to Promote Accessible Communication
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~ncodh/removingbarriers/index.cfm (HTML version)
http://www.fpg.unc.edu/%7Encodh/RemovingBarriers/removingbarrierspubs.cfm (publications)
Removing Barriers is a publication of the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health (NCODH). It contains information on TTYs, etiquette for interacting with people with disabilities, web page design, andaudiovisual presentations. The section on print materials has guidelines for producing audiocassettes. Hard copies of this publication can be ordered for a nominal fee from NCODH by calling 919/966-0868 or 919/715-2505.

Where to Find Recording Service Vendors

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/directories/index.html
The Library of Congress produced a directory of transcription service vendors.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
http://www.nfb.org/
Included in NFB's extensive list of U.S. vendors that transcribe documents and signs are some that record print materials on audiocassette.

What Vendors Will Need to Convert Your Materials to Audiocassette

You should provide vendors with printed versions of your documents to illustrate layout and format.

 

This web site is not intended to offer legal, architectural, engineering, or similar professional advice. Refer specific questions to an attorney or an ADA authority.

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