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Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
1314 West 45th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
(512) 323-9390


You can also visit our main website
at: http://www.rfbd.org/

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic is a national nonprofit organization that provides recorded and computerized textbooks at all academic levels to people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual impairment, learning disability, or physical disability.

Accessible textbooks

RFB&D's 83,000-volume Master Tape Library, located in Princeton, New Jersey, is the largest educational resource of its kind in the world. Our collection contains a broad selection of titles in all subject areas from literature and history to math and the sciences.

RFB&D members may borrow taped books for one year. The tapes contain four times as much recorded material as on a standard tape and require a specially adapted 4-track tape player. Four-track tape players and recorders are available through RFB&D in portable and desktop models.

Types of membership

Two types of membership opportunities are available with RFB&D: an individual membership and an Annual Institutional Membership (AIM).

An individual membership costs $75 the first year and $25 every year thereafter. An individual membership offers unlimited access to RFB&D’s Library of 83,000 audio titles, access to RFB&D’s recording and library reference services, and eligibility for RFB&D scholarships.

Schools and agencies that serve students who have print disabilities may register those students through RFB&D’s Annual Institutional Membership program. Membership enables schools to borrow a set number of audio books from RFB&D’s collection. The program offers three multiple membership levels, allowing schools to customize their tape library to best meet their students’ needs.

How to become a member

Joining Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is easy. Anyone with a documented disability including a visual impairment, learning disability, or other physical disability which makes reading difficult or impossible is eligible to use RFB&D’s taped books. For more information or a membership application call RFB&D’s Texas Unit at (512) 323-9390 or our toll free number 1-877-246-7321.

Tools for success

RFB&D’s audio books are recorded on 4-track cassettes, which allows us to fit four hours of recorded text on each cassette. Since this format is different from the standard 2-track cassettes sold in stores, students will need to use a specially adapted tape player with our books.

RFB&D has for sale a wide selection of 4-track tape players and recorders to use with our books. All our models are equipped with special features that make audio books easy to use.

Ordering textbooks

Once an individual or an institution registers with RFB&D, a borrower identification number will be assigned. This number is important and should be used when placing book orders. An individual or an institution must be registered with RFB&D before placing an order for textbooks. If you are filling out an application, you can send the first book order in at that time.

To order a book from RFB&D, you will need the full title of the book, the author, the publisher, series information, grade level, copyright date, and edition. If you do not have all this information, please try to obtain as much as possible. If a textbook is not available, call the Texas Unit for more information.  You may search our library at www.rfbd.org/catalog.htmand order by sending e-mail to custserv@rfbd.org.   Be sure to include your Borrower Identification Number and the shelf numbers for the books.

Scholarships

Each year, RFB&D presents Learning through Listening Awards to high school seniors with learning disabilities. We also present Scholastic Achievement Awards to blind or visually impaired college seniors. Call our national headquarters at 1-800-221-4792 for an application and more information.

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