Talking Newspapers and Magazines. There are three main national organisations dealing with spoken word cassettes for people with disabilities such as M.E. They all require a doctor’s signature to show that the person has an illness or disability which causes difficulty in reading or holding books/ magazines.
- LISTENING BOOKS, 12 LANT STREET, LONDON, SE1 1QH Tel: 020 7407 9417 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.listening-books.org.uk Listening Books has a cassette library with commercial recordings of both abridged and unabridged books. Subscription costs £50 per year and postage is free. There is a children’s library, and they provide support for the National Curriculum at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. They also supply audio equipment called an ‘easy play’ at no extra cost to people with difficulty using a standard tape player.
- CALIBRE, AYLESBURY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HP22 5XQ Tel: 01296 432339 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.calibre.org.uk Calibre is a cassette library with over 6000 specially recorded unabridged books. Membership is free; the organisation relies on donations. Postage to and from the library is also free. Full details of the books available and application forms available on the website.
- TALKING NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION UK (TNAUK), NATIONAL RECORDING CENTRE, HEATHFIELD, EAST SUSSEX, TN21 8DB Tel: 01435 866102 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.tnauk.org.uk TNAUK records many magazines and newspapers onto cassette. Subscription costs £45 (concessionary £30) per year plus postage, for up to 3 titles. They can supply details of local talking newspapers and other tape services.
If you can’t listen to very much, try tapes of short stories, children’s books or poetry. Use a tape head cleaner regularly to minimize background noise when playing cassettes. Some tape recorders have a ‘cue and review’ facility. This enables the listener to fast forward audibly and to hear when there is a change or silence. Some recordings take advantage of this possibility so that in, for example, a taped magazine you can find the beginning of the next article. Many local libraries stock talking books, which are available for anyone to borrow. Some also have a delivery service for people who are housebound. InterAction, the magazine of Action for M.E., is available on tape.
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