First of all, an update: The fleas have been banished from Topsy-Techieland, and all has returned to “normal.” No, I still didn’t get to see ‘Quantum of Solace’, but we went shopping and I’m pretty sure hubby and the boys covertly got me some birthday stuff, so all is good.
Reading and writing is my life. No, seriously. I live in a world of words. My entertainment, my job, and my thoughts are all based on words. So words are a VERY big deal to me.
When I find out that someone is functionally illiterate it brings tears to my eyes. I just feel like they are missing out on this whole segment of life. Granted, many people throughout the ages made it through life just fine without reading a single word. But in today’s society, we are connected by the written word. The internet is still primarily a written medium. There is a lot more visual and audial content on there than there used to be, but we still spend over 95% of our time on the web getting our info from written sources.
In a culture where we would rather text than talk, the written word doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon.
So…for this reason, I am a HUGE fan of the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. As we head into Thanksgiving, I think this is one organization that I feel especially thankful for. If you don’t know much about the NLBPH, here is a quick rundown of the services they provide:
- Full length books in both braille, large print, and recorded format free to members
- Magazines (more than 70!) in both braille, large print, and recorded format free to members
- Playback equipment for all recorded material free to members
- Braille books, magazines, and materials available on the web via web-braille
- Assistive devices such as remote controls, breath switches, extension levers, and amplifiers available to those with special needs or requirements
- Eligibility open to all who cannot use regular printed materials because of visual or physical impairment
Thanks to the NLBPH and your tax dollars, my son with dyslexia can take part in life to the fullest. He can read anything and everything that he wants. He is currently devouring Eragon, a book that would normally have sat on our bookshelf unopened because it was too “difficult” for him.
Not now. Now the world of words is completely free and available to him. I couldn’t be more thankful.
If you would like to find out more about the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, go to their website. Or even better, volunteer with your state branch of the National Library. Why? So that ALL may read…
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