Library for the Blind& Physically Handicapped
People who are unable to read standard print material due to a visual or physical disability have a free library that they may access from their own home.
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) was established by Congress in 1931 to provide free reading materials for visually impaired American citizens throughout the world. The LBPH service was later extended to people with other physical disabilities, including learning disabilities in children.
The St. Clair County Library System is the LBPH regional center serving Huron, Sanilac, St. Claire and Tuscola counties.
What Services are Available
Free materials & equipment include:
- Books in Braille
- Described videos
- Large print books and magazines
- Magazines in Braille or audio format.
- Picture/Braille books to be shared with sighted individuals
- Talking books in audio format: best-sellers, mysteries, westerns, biographies, how-to books, magazines and other types of materials found in a public library for children and adults.
These publications are not condensed and contain all the information found in the print version--right down to the book jacket. The only difference is that the materials are published in large print, recorded or printed in Braille.
Free equipment includes:
- Audio book machine
- Special adaptive equipment such as breath switch, extension levers, remote control units & amplifier headphones
This service is FREE! Materials and equipment are sent to your home and returned to the LBPH postage free through the U.S. Mail. Return cards are attached to materials. Talking books, magazines and movies are to be returned after being used. Audio reading machines are the property of the federal government and must be returned when no longer needed.
Who is Eligible
Children and adults who meet any of the following criteria. Schools, nursing homes and facilities that have eligible clients or patients are also welcome.
- Difficulty reading standard size print
- Legally blind
- Learning disability
- Physical handicap: either a permanent or temporary condition. A person recovering from an accident or surgery might qualify.
- Reading disability
- Visual handicap
Applications are available from:
- The Library of Michigan Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (1.800.992.9012) and on their website at: http://www.michigan.gov/sbph
- St. Clair County Library: (1.800.272.8570) or online at http://www.sccl.lib.mi.us/lbph.aspx
- Sanilac District Library
Complete the form, select the types of materials you need and choose your reading preferences. When you apply for the service, you choose the types of books you like to read and how frequently you want to receive them. A catalog of new books is mailed to you every two months. Books are chosen for you using your profile and the request list you have established. You may update your profile or request specific books and magazines at any time.
Applications must be signed by a certifying authority such as a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, registered nurse, therapist, or professional staff person of a hospital, institution or social agency, such as a social worker, case worker or counselor. Certification may also be made by a librarian recognized by the Library of Michigan.
Return applications to Sanilac District Library or mail to: St. Clair County LBPH, 210 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron, MI 48060.
The Directory of Visually Impaired Services is a resource guide published to create awareness of the hundreds of organizations, services and activities that are available to those with visual impairments. The fourth issue has almost 900 listings. The Directory was created for Michigan residents, but includes hundreds of resources that will benefit people across the United States and around the world.
The Michigan Commission for the Blind, a state government agency, provides state and federally funded services to legally blind people of all ages in every county of the state, so that people who are blind or visually impaired may be independent and/or employed in the careers of their choice. Services are provided in-home, at week-long Mini Adjustment Program seminars held at various locations around the state and at the residential MCB Training Center in Kalamazoo. Specific services include training in skills of blindness (such as using a white cane or dog, reading and writing Braille, getting around indoors and around town without vision, using kitchen appliances and cooking without vision, etc.), adaptive aids, and more. Business services are provided to businesses that employ people who are legally blind, so that qualified blind employees may find jobs and remain on the job.
For more information, call MCB toll-free from anywhere in Michigan: 1-800-292-4200. Or check out the website at: www.michigan.gov/mcb