Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
1314 West 45th Street
Austin, Texas 78756
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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.
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&Ds
Library of 83,000 audio titles, access to RFB&Ds 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&Ds Annual Institutional
Membership program. Membership enables schools to borrow a set number
of audio books from RFB&Ds 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&Ds taped books. For more information
or a membership application call RFB&Ds Texas Unit at (512)
323-9390 or our toll free number 1-877-246-7321.
Tools for success
RFB&Ds 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to include your Borrower Identification Number and
the shelf numbers for the books.
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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