Listening to books

Listening to books

Posted under Living With Low Vision, Low Vision Info

Books can be powerful; whether fiction or fact, there’s nothing like a good story. Getting lost in an exciting book that peaks our interests can make for a great escape, even if just for an hour or two. It used to be that folks living with low vision or blindness couldn’t read books… but that’s no longer the case. Thanks to a wide variety of new, affordable technology, it’s easier than ever for visually impaired readers to enjoy their favorite books, or perhaps even discover news ones.

In addition to attending low vision support group meetings, joining a book club might be worth a thought. Meetings are an excellent place to find others who share similar experiences, and also know about the struggle to see. Discussing books with others will allow you to fully experience stories in a variety of ways, and discover things you may have missed. It also gives you a chance to share your favorite parts, and reiterate what the story means to you.

Blind artist and avid reader Dawn Parkinson is spreading awareness on the value of book clubs. She’s encouraging others to join her in rediscovering the vast and vibrant world of literature, despite being visually impaired. To learn more about Dawn’s mission, and discover new ways blind readers can experience books, click on her story here:

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