Audiobooks and Accessibility
Here's the bottom line: experience books in the way that works for you.
Everyone should have access to reading materials, especially if it’s one of your favorite hobbies. If you’re struggling to find inclusive reading materials, audiobooks may be able to help. Libraries provide ways to obtain audiobooks for free through apps like Libby or Hoopla. Call your local library and visit their website to learn how they can give free audiobooks for your accessibility needs.
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Inclusive Reading Solutions
Overall, audiobooks are excellent reading tools. Their accessibility makes them great for people who can’t always utilize physical copies of books, as libraries provide more ways to access free audiobooks. Audiobooks are an inclusive and accessible solution for readers with an array of experiences. Plus, they allow people to experience books entirely new way.
Support for Young Readers
Audiobooks have proven to be a superb accommodation for children with learning disabilities. It’s a misconception that audiobooks don’t provide the same benefits as physical reading. In reality, audiobooks can help children improve their reading, critical thinking, and vocabulary skills. Audiobooks can also help them build confidence and develop their love of reading.
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Literature for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Audiobooks are a basic accommodation for the blind and visually impaired. While physical copies of books are available in Braille, audiobooks tend to be more readily accessible. The Library of Congress offers free audiobooks through The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). People who are blind or visually impaired can access more reading materials for free.
Mental and Physical Wellness
Audiobooks are beneficial for everyone. Audiobooks have positive physical and mental effects on the body, enabling people to sleep, improve time management, and escape. People living with mental illness may find comfort in audiobooks’ immersive experiences.
Pro tip: audiobooks can also help you accomplish everyday tasks. Turn on an audiobook, and your chores will fly by! Call your library today about accessing their library of free audiobooks.