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Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month @Libraries

Libraries for people who are blind or visually impaired come in all shapes and sizes. Some are simply warehouses of books with a few librarians packaging and mailing off requests; others are complete facilities with reading rooms and shelves to browse. Whatever your type of library, you can participate in Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is a network of regional and sub-regional libraries providing free service to persons unable to use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. The NLS provides a standard collection of audio and braille titles, which regional and sub-regional libraries supplement according to local interest. Readers who register with the libraries serving their areas can take advantage of services such as video loans and summer reading programs.

The Art Beyond Sight Collaborative recognizes that art education and exposure to the arts are crucial for the advancement of many key issues in the education and rehabilitation of people who are blind. Libraries, with their relatively global access to the population of blind people, play a vital role in fostering community participation through arts programs and helping provide full intellectual access to the world of art, collaborative learning through the arts, and employment in the arts.

The following possible Art Beyond Sight activities have been divided into events you can do without actually having a public forum and those which require a facility of some sort.

Easy to put together activities that don't require facilities:

Events requiring some sort of facility:

Out Reach Letters and Other Materials

Easy to put together activities that don't require facilities:

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