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Children's & Youth Services | Jump Start | 2011 | Reminders

Karen's Notes

Karen Duenwald

It was great to meet all of you who attended Jump Start and I wish I could have met those of you who did not. I have put together a list of items to remember when including individuals with blindness, visual impairments, and physical disabilities in your summer reading programs.

  • Avoid grouping all individuals with disabilities into a single group - try to vary your activities and reading to include everyone.
  • Try to use activities that would enhance reading and would be enjoyable to all.
  • Use sound and smell when possible and do not allow activities that could be dangerous if handled by someone without vision — stick to soft objects, no sharp corners, etc. If this is unavoidable, be sure to offer assistance when necessary.
  • The Braille & Talking Book Program of the South Dakota State Library has several services available for making your summer reading program accessible:
    • Audio books and magazines in both cassette and digital cartridge format. The books are word-for-word as the print text and recorded by professionals and volunteers. The collection includes both fiction and nonfiction.
    • NEW digital audio book player that come with audio instructions for use built into the player itself. Pressing any button will provide information about what that button does.
    • Online catalog from which patrons may download books to their own flash-drive from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).
    • Braille books either in paper or digital form from a Web-Braille service. We do have a collection of print/braille which are picture books rebound with braille text pages interleaved between the print pages. Print/braille books are also known as twin vision books.
    • Descriptive Videos are movies that carry special narration between the dialogues to describe the action for visually impaired viewers.

If services are requested through the Braille & Talking Book Program, each individual needing service must submit a completed application which is available from our the website

For more information about the Braille & Talking Book Program, please visit the website at You may also email Email Link questions about the program to me.

Karen Duenwald
Educational Materials Coordinator

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