The Blind Readers' Page--Main Menu
The sites listed here are of two kinds: special missions to disabled people by a wide variety of religious groups, above all those that provide religious materials in accessible formats to their members; and collections of on-line religious texts that make available sacred scriptures, religious studies and devotional texts. I have tried to select sites that were most easily accessible to disabled web surfers using common accessibility programs; at a minimum the sites are navigable from the keyboard and have all images provided with ALT-tags. The arrangement of the links is roughly alphabetical.
The Accessible Congregations Campaign, sponsored by the Religion and Disability Program of the National Organization on Disability "seeks to gain the commitment of 2,000 congregations by the year 2000 to include people with all types of disabilities as full and active participants."
Alim 4.5 is a CD-ROM containing a recitation of the Qur'an; texts of two English translations, biographies, a dictionary and clip art. Available from Astrolabe Pictures.
Al-Manar Centre: the Qur'an in RealAudio, in Arabic and English, plus lectures in several languages.
American Association on Mental Retardation, Religion Division.
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., through its Judson Press, publishes a hymn book, "Judson Bible Journeys for Adults," both in large print, and a magazine "The Secret Place," in large print and Braille.
American Bible Society: offers three English and two Spanish versions of the Bible in an online Daily Scripture Reading Guide; an online edition of "The Record"; and many links to Scripture resources. They also offer Bibles in large print, braille and American Sign Language.
The Bible, in several English versions and translated into half a dozen languages, is available as MP3 downloads or CD-ROM's from AudioTreasure. The site also has links to many other sources of downloadable and streaming narrations of the Bible.
The Bartimaeus Library for the Blind maintains a lending library of Christian books recorded on tape for the use of people who cannot read standard print because of visual or physical limitations.
3607 Woodbine Lane
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
Anglican: the Christ Church Tape Ministry (Red Hook, NY) provides audio tapes of their Sunday services and recordings of "Forward Movement's Day by Day." They also have an extensive catalog of inexpensive audio and video recordings of interest to Anglicans.
Anglican: the Christ Church Tape Ministry (Red Hook, NY) provides audio tapes of their Sunday services and recordings of "Forward Movements Day by Day." They also have an extensive catalog of inexpensive audio and video recordings of interest to Anglicans.
Anglicanism and Anglo-Catholicism: Project Canterbury is "home on the Internet to Anglican texts. Emphasis is placed on documents expressing the Catholic identity of Anglicanism." Among many other texts, it includes "Tracts for the Times" and the "Library of Anglo-Catholic Theology." The site also has links to many other basic texts of the Anglican tradition.
The Apostolic Faith Church makes its magazine "Higher Way" available in braille and online.
The ARTFL Project offers a searchable and browsable text of the French Louis Segond translation of the Bible.
Assemblies of God, General Council: Bible studies, hymnals, tracts and Sunday School materials available in braille and cassette formats from the Assemblies of God National Center for the Blind:
Division of Home Missions
Ministries to the Blind and Handicapped
1445 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Assemblies of God USA, National Center for the Blind: a lending library of braille and recorded books and magazines for adults and children. The Adriene Resource Center For Blind Children conducts special programs for young people.
Audio Bible offers the complete King James Bible, narrated by Alexander Scourby, in downloadable RealAudio format. They also sell a portable Audio Bible with a keyboard that uses braille characters for easy access.
Aurora Ministries Bible Alliance Cassette Ministry provides free Bibles (in 64 languages) on audiocassette to blind, visually impaired and print-handicapped people; bible study courses on cassette are also available. Local libraries for the blind should have applications.
Beliefnet.com helps "individuals meet their own needs in the realm of religion, spirituality and morality," by providing information and inspiration from an astonishingly broad range of religious denominations, movements and traditions. The page uses tables for layout, but can be navigated from the keyboard (including the search box).
The Bible Foundation has links to texts of the Bible on the Web that can be read, downleaded, searched, or even listened to, in a wide variety of translations, versions and languages.
"The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading scripture online. Additionally, it provides advanced searching capabilities, allowing readers to find particular passages in scripture, based on keywords," in eleven different Protestant translations.
Bibles for the Blind and Visually Handicapped International: makes Bibles available in braille, with links to sources of Bibles in large print and audiocassette format and to other Christian resources on and off the Web.
Braille Bible Foundation
P.O. Box 948307
Maitland, FL 32794-8307
Braille Circulating Library: a wide variety of religious texts and tracts.
2700 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220-3305
"CARE Ministries is an interdenominational evangelical ministry whose goal is to provide comprehensive resources to assist persons who are blind to grow in their faith and service to the kingdom of God. CARE produces a number of Christian books on cassette tape and has 3 monthly periodicals available including the "Our Daily Bread," 'Guideposts" and the "Evangelical Sunday School Lesson Teacher's Commentary" which goes through the whole Bible in 7 years. CARE also provides a comprehensive list of Christian resources for persons who are blind, is developing a national database of all Christian materials in accessible media, and provides a Packet for Churches wanting to increase their ministry with persons who are blind."
Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Ministry serves the religious needs of deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind persons; it publishes a newsletter, "Hand in Hand."
Catholic Association of Persons With Visual Impairment
Monsignor Paul Lackner, President
C/o National Catholic Office for Persons With Disabilities
P.O. Box 29113
Washington, DC 20017
Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Ministry to Persons with Disabilities
Ron Spitz, Director
3501 S. Lake Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Catholic Guild for the Blind: service organizations located in Buffalo, NY, New York City and Chicago, IL., they produce braille and taped materials and provide social services.
Catholics United for Spiritual Action: a self-help group that works by group correspondence.
The Center for the Study of Religion and Disability serves "as a resource for those looking for information relating to the natural support given by local churches to those with disabilities."
Colorado Agency for Jewish Education has an extensive list of Jewish print and video resources for special education and disabilities.
Chadish Media: Torah, Haftorah and Megillah readings on cassette.
Christian Articles Archive: 125 articles online, searchable index.
The Christian Blind Mission International works in Third World countries and "focuses on healing and preventing blindness as well as on the education and vocational training of blind people and their integration into society."
Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities: "Advocating an evangelical perspective regarding people with disabilities and their part in God's world." The Council is "a consortium of Christian organizations working in disability ministry."
Christian Education for the Blind Ministries, a Division of Bridge Christian Outreach, Inc., will lend from its library of over 200 taped books, 40 books and tracts in braille, and two magazines; lists of their offerings are available in large print:
P.O. Box 331388
Fort Worth, TX 76163-1388
Phone: 817-263-0004 or 817-292-7562
Christian Fellowship for the Blind produces free magazines on tape and books in braille and on tape.
1124 Fair Oaks Avenue
P.O. Box 26
South Pasadena, CA 91031-0026.
Christian Record Services: provides free Christian publications and programs for persons with visual impairments; offers the Bible and Bible courses, a lending library of books and magazines, all in alternative formats; and summer camps for children.
Christian Services for the Blind: A Link Between the Sighted, Blind and Deaf-Blind has a lending library of over 600 books in braille and audio formats, as well as magazines.
Christian Taped Ministries (Recordings of Addresses, Hymns and Stories), located in England and not to be confused with Taped Ministries Northwest, located in Seattle, WA.
Christian Tapes for the Disabled: lends religious tapes by mail:
P.O. Box 455
1575 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209
Church of Christ, Scientist: weekly Science Bible lessons are available in large print and audio cassette, as are other religious programs; the "Christian Science Monitor" is available online in a text-only format:
1-800-288-7090, ext. 2508
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has an online store that sells LDS materials in accessible formats: braille, sign language and audiocassette. For further information, contact:
Department for the Aid of the Sightless
Special Curriculum, 50 E. North Temple, Suite 2449
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: The Utah Regional Library for the Blind "has a special collection of books of interest to members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These books are available on loan to eligible patrons living in the United States and Canada, who have been certified and registered with their local National Library Service cooperating library for the blind."
City of Light: texts of the Qur'an, with and without commentary; audio recitations and lectures; much else about Islam.
Clearer Vision Ministries, Inc.: "Making God's Word Accessible to the Disabled": lending library of magazines, newsletters and books on cassette.
Compass Braille ("Computerised Production of Asian Scripts into Braille") produces biblical and devotional texts in a dozen different Asian languages.
Credence Communications, "The voice of a Catholic tradition--online" offers for sale cassette recordings of spiritual leaders in the mainline Catholic and Protestant traditions, including more than 100 tapes by Thomas Merton.
Electronic Bible Society: produces a CD-ROM containing the works of the Nicene, Ante-Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the church.
"The Episcopal Media Center is a source for an extensive range of audio/visual materials related to every aspect of church life and growth."
Episcopal Devotions: "The Online Daily Office exists to give busy people a way to participate in Morning and Evening Prayer including the readings and psalms for each day (along with a bit of music!). You will also find Noonday Prayer, Compline, and Devotions for Individuals and Families here. These rites are based on The Book of Common Prayer." The texts are also downloadable in a variety of formats and a project is underway to provide streaming audio of the prayers.
The Episcopal Disability Network provides religious and inspirational texts in accessible format to worshipers and advice to pastors on how to make their churches, services and programs accesssible to all.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Audio and Braille Service, provides materials in accessible formats, including "Lutheran Partners."
EWTN: Global Catholic Network: includes extensive library of downloadable etexts and audio programs but the graphics and tables might make for difficult access by speech.
Eyes of Faith Ministries: over 50 titles available as braille computer files.
C/o Gayle Gould
Plano, TX 75074
"Faith Matters" is a half-hour weekly internet radio program that discusses blind issues in relation to faith; both the hosts are blind themselves.
The Glorious Qur'an 2: complete text in Arabic, 11 translations, hypertext index on CD-ROM. Par Excellence Computers also produces another CD-ROM, "The Islamic Scholar."
Gospel Association for the Blind: religious material in braille and cassette, including a monthly cassette magazine, "The Gospel Messenger"; also runs a summer camp for blind teenagers and adults:
1085 SW 15th Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444-1256
Gospel Communications Network: Online Christian Resources: devotionals, the text of the Bible, Bible studies (may not be accessible to all browsers).
Grace to You: Bible-based radio, books and audiotapes.
Greek Orthodox liturgies, prayers and Scriptures are available on recorded cassette from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Archdiocese also offers an "Internet School of Orthodox Studies," with lectures broadcast in RealAudio.
Department of Religious Education
50 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445-7415
Greek Orthodox Telecommunications offers some cassette recordings of hymns and liturgies and numerous (undescribed) videos.
8 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
Guide to Christian Literature on the Internet has links to on-line Bibles in a number of languages, books and articles, sermons, Bible studies and devotionals, creeds and confessions and a great deal more religious literature from a broad array of denominations.
The Guild for the Blind (Chicago, IL) offers a large-print text of the Mass, a tape lending library, a spiritual magazine "Reflections," and other large-print Catholic devotional material.
Harmony Media produces Catholic software on CD-ROM, including "Welcome to the Catholic Church," the Bible and the works of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Internet Sacred Text Archive "is a freely available archive of significant primary texts relating to religion, mythology, (and to a lesser extent) legends and folklore. Texts are presented in English translation and, in some cases, in the original language." It covers traditional, eastern and western religions--about thirty in all. The works are in easily-accessible text form.
The Islam Page: a vast page, with hundreds of links to texts, doctrinal discussions and information about Islam and Islamic countries. It uses a few tables and check boxes that may be difficult for some browsers to access, but 95% of the contents is plain text, including numerous translations of the Quran.
Islamic Texts and Resources MetaPage: introduction to Islam, pamphlets; "various renderings, explanations and indices of the Qur'an, scriptures from Judeo-Christian sources, as well as other religious traditions"; also Hadith (Prophetic tradition) resources.
JAF Ministries, among a great many other useful resources, has a list of special ministries to the disabled and an assortment of links to religious organizations serving the blind.
Jewish Braille Institute of America: circulating library of cassette, large print and braille books.
110 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-2525 .
Jewish Guild for the Blind: wide range of rehabilitation services; circulating library of audiocassette books:
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
Jewish Heritage for the Blind: produces the "Megilas Esther" and the "Haggadah " in large print; other texts too, including the Rosh Hashana Machzor and the Yom Kippur Machzor in braille and large print:
1655 East 24th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
John Milton Society for the Blind: produces the monthly "John Milton Magazine," in braille and large print and a bimonthly version in cassette format, reprinting articles from religious magazines; other publications include Bible studies and lessons:
475 Riverside Drive, Room 455
New York, NY 10115
The web site of the John Milton Society also has an excellent downloadable directory of religious resources for the blind.
The King James translation of the Bible (1612), read by Alexander Scourby, is available on the Internet as an audio file.
The King James translation is also available as a searchable and browseable text file from the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia. Keyword searches can be sorted by individual book; another feature allows side-by-side comparison with the Revised Standard Version, but since it uses frames, it may not be accessible to all browsers.
Koran: English translation in braille (seven volumes) available from the Arizona Instructional Resource Center at the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix:
1235 East Harmont Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Lifegate, Inc. produces the tract "God's Simple Plan of Salvation" in large print and braille.
Living With Moshiach Online has current and archived issues of the weekly digest (in a variety of languages) about Moshiach as well as links to Moshiach books online, half a dozen so far, but more to come.
Lutheran Braille Evangelism Association: braille versions of the Bible, Luther's Small Catechism, devotional works and a free monthly inspirational magazine in braille:
1740 Eugene St.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110-3312
Lutheran Braille Workers provide braille and large-print Bibles and Christian reading materials to the blind and visually handicapped of the world, in forty languages.
Lutheran Hour Ministries: current and past broadcasts of "The Lutheran Hour" in Real Audio format, plus "Daily Devotions" and an on-line Bible search engine.
The Lutheran Library for the Blind is one of the services of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod's Mission with Blind and Visually Impaired Persons. It lends material in braille, cassette and large print; produces "The Lutheran Messenger" (cassette and braille), "The Lutheran Witness" (cassette) and "The Lutheran Digest" (large print):
1333 South Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Lutheran: "The Mission for the Visually Impaired is a committee of the Commission on Special Ministries of the Wisconsin [Evangelical Lutheran] Synod. Its purpose is to reach the visually and reading handicapped with Christian literature for spiritual growth and information." They have on on-line catalog of available literature.
CatholiCity: lots of links to Catholic sources, including a dozen web audio sites, including Vatican Radio and Mother Angelica; links to several dozen producers of Catholic audio tapes; online Catholic magazines and etexts.
"Myriobiblos" is the e-text library of the Church of Greece; it has texts in a variety of languages, including English, covering liturgy, patristics, spirituality, theology, church history and essential documents. [Accessibility note: the pages use frames and the stunningly beautiful graphics are sometimes not ALT-tagged.]
National Catholic Office for Persons With Disabilities: "Vigilant in promoting the inclusion of Catholics with disabilities in their parish communities and the total fabric of society":
P.O. Box 29113
Washington, DC 20017-0113
The National Church Conference of the Blind holds an annual national convention each summer. For more information, contact:
C/o Rheba Finkinbinder
P.O. Box 163
Denver, CO 80201
New Advent Catholic Website: online texts of the Catholic Encyclopedia, Summa Theologica, apocrypha and dozens of writings of the Fathers of the Church.
"Not Just Bibles: A Guide to Christian Resources on the Internet" is a monumentally comprehensive guide, covering bibles, colleges, web sites, e-journals and e-lists. It is entirely text-based.
The Online Bible includes 14 English versions of the Bible, 40 versions in other languages, a Bible dictionary, commentaries and Greek and Hebrew lexicons. The developers have made a special effort to make the Online Bible compatible with screen readers and has adaptations for partially-sighted Bible readers.
Orthodox Christian Page: scriptures, liturgy, prayers, icons, news, daily Gospel readings; also the St. Pachomius Library of English translations of the Church fathers, acts of the Christian martyrs, proceedings of early Church Councils and lives of the Saints--all in readily accessible format.
Orthodox Christian Recorded Books sells audio books, lectures, prayers and other recordings. 33 Mt. Vernon Street Gardinier, ME 04345 Phone: 1-888-480-8656 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Wittenberg: "works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. Here you will find all manner of texts from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live"; the bulk of the texts is on a gopher-server.
Protestant Radio & Television Center: The Protestant Hour radio broadcast in RealAudio format, sermon archive, broadcast schedules, audio tapes.
Quran Browser: an English translation searchable by verse or chapter [the Browser is in beta release as of October 2002].
Radio Bible Class Ministries/The Bible Gateway: searchable online Bible in multiple languages and translations; a dozen online magazines, including "Christian Computing Magazine" and "Internet for Christians"; "Our Daily Bread," a daily devotional in large print and online; and "CrossSearch," a searchable online directory of Christian internet resources.
Recordings for Recovery: for a small fee lends musical tapes to people who are homebound or in hospitals or nursing homes:
P.O. Box 270
Midland, MI 48640-0270
The Road Runner Talking Bible is a hand-held reader that delivers the text of the Bible in synthesized speech. Three translations are available: King James, American Standard, or New American Standard. [The company went out of business in October 2001, but the former owners are continuing to support the Talking Bible.]
St. Joseph's Communications offers Roman Catholic recorded books, Catholic computer Bible study software, and devotional literature on video and audio cassette and CD-ROM. There is an on-line catalog.
Spoken Word Ministries, Inc., is a "Personal ministry to blind persons and small groups of those who are visually impaired. Literature outreach in the form of a cassette magazine, the Spoken Word, which is a selection of interdenominational articles from different publications."
Spurgeon Archive: the life and work of the nineteenth-century English preacher, includes many of his sermons in RealAudio format.
The Taoism Information Page is a directory of annotated links to Web resources on Taoism, including translations of the "I Ching," Sun-Tzu's "Art of War" and the "Tao Te Ching." There are also links to resources on acupuncture, feng shui, martial arts and Chinese philosophy.
Tape Ministries NW is a lending library of recorded inspirational books and devotional material serving persons who are blind, visually impaired, and physically or developmentally disabled.
122 SW 150th St.
Burien, WA 98166-1956
Theosophical Book Association for the Blind: theosophical literature and teachings; books and magazines in braille, books in cassette format.
The Torch Trust for the Blind is a UK-based registered charity which publishes Christian material in braille, large print, on tape and in Moon in many languages for use by blind and partially sighted people.
The Unbound Bible is a collection of searchable Bibles consisting of 10 English versions including the NASB, Greek and Hebrew Versions (the original Bible languages), 4 other ancient versions and 42 versions in modern languages. It uses frames and has a few images without ALT-tags but the site is navigable from the keyboard.
Unitarian Universalist Association, Faith in Action: A UUA Department for Diversity and Justice points to accessibility resources "help Unitarian Universalist congregations become more welcoming to people with disabilities."
The Upper Room: daily devotionals available online (including previous devotionals) or as e-mail and in large print.
The Ruth Berry Versaw Library for the Blind offers "a wide variety of Christian books, sermons, music and church services on tape."
11104 North Brauer
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Tyndale House Publishers produces a variety of Bibles in large and giant print, mainly in the New Living Translation but also in the New International Version.
Vision Tape Ministry provides a free bimonthly Christian magazine, on three cassettes, containing music, sermons, Bible stories, Bible studies, etc.
34 Ramsey Road
Phenix City, AL 36869
Watchtower: Official Site of Jehovah's Witnesses. The "Watchtower" is available in English in large print, audiocassette and Braille formats. Contact:
Walkill, N.Y. 12589
Xavier Society for the Blind: "now has the oldest and largest U.S. Catholic Library in English for the blind, with nearly 1,500 titles of spiritual and inspirational reading materials," sacred scriptures, devotionals and magazines available in Braille, large print and audiocassette:
154 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010
The General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church has compiled "a list of religious resource organizations that offer assistance related to persons with disabilities," with names, addresses and phone numbers, but no web links.
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