BODY WATCH : A Guide to Resources for the Disabled

With more than 44 million Americans suffering losses of vision and hearing and millions more with other disabilities, chances are you or someone you know has trouble finding and/or getting appropriate books, cassettes or videos for education or entertainment.

There is a vast network of services available to help you easily get materials, many of which are free. Here are several.


National Library Service for the Blind and


Physically Handicapped

Library of Congress

1291 Taylor St. N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20542

Voice: (800) 424-8567 or (202) 707-5100

TDD: (202) 707-0744

Fax: (202) 707-0712

* National library network delivers recorded and Braille books and magazines, loans specially designed phonographs and cassette players.


National Assn. of the Deaf

Captioned Films/Videos

1447 E. Main St.

Spartanburg, S.C. 29307

Voice: (800) 237-6213

TTY: (800) 237-6819

Fax: (800) 538-5636

* Free loan of more than 4,000 captioned films and videos for the deaf, hearing impaired or otherwise disabled.


National Audiovisual Center

National Technical Information Service

5285 Port Royal Road

Springfield, Va. 22161

(703) 487-4650

* Information on government-produced materials, including slides, videotapes, 16-millimeter films, books and cassettes.


Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

20 Roszel Road

Princeton, N.J. 08540

(800) 221-4792

* Free lending library of academic textbooks on audiocassette and sale of books on computer diskette, plus specially adapted tape players and recorders. Onetime registration fee of $37.50.


National Assn. for Visually Handicapped

3201 Balboa St.

San Francisco, Calif. 94121

(415) 221-3201

* Free large-print loan library for members ($40 per year).