Reading & Writing for Adults and Seniors with Vision Loss

Reading and writing are vital skills for independence, and vision
loss calls for new techniques and adaptations. This section has information and tips for maintaining one’s ability to read and write, including information about large print, using assistive technology, sources for alternate format books, and more.
 
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic.
 
 

Reading

 
VisionAware
The history and structure of braille, with attention to the issues of learning braille as an adult; includes a discussion of finger sensitivity, and alternatives to braille.
 
VisionAware
A survey of literature in audio format, including audiocassette tapes, CDs, iPods, and digital talking books.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Alternate formats for reading and writing, including talking books, low vision devices, and braille; also available in Spanish.
 
VisionAware
Reading and writing with low vision optical and non-optical devices, braille, large print, listening, and handwriting.
 
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Using these guidelines makes print more legible for individuals with visual impairments; available in English and Spanish.
 
 

Web-Based Organizations & Internet Resources: Reading

 
Library of Congress
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program that circulates braille and audio materials to eligible borrowers in the United States.
 
 

Writing

 
Vision Australia
This page offers practical strategies for writing legibly.
 
VisionAware
Handwriting tips, techniques, and adaptations, as well as information about helpful products.