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    Special libraries that maintain materials with accurate and up-to-date information on the spectrum of disabilities, disability issues and services for people with disabilities, their families, and other concerned individuals. Depending on the community being served, libraries may include related medical, health, and mental health information and information on legal rights, accommodations and employment opportunities. Disability focused libraries may also integrate assistive technology into their facilities and services to meet the needs of people with a broad range of disabilities, including learning, mobility, sensory and developmental disabilities. Collections of books, magazines and other materials in formats that are accessible to people who are unable to use regular printed materials because of a visual, physical or other disability are generally also available. Included may be Braille materials; large print resources; captioned and/or described films, videos and DVDs; audio books; and other similar materials that are generally circulated by mail.

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    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Library for the Blind and Physically HandicappedProvides library service to people who cannot use standard print materials. Audio books and magazines, equipment to play the audio books, large print books, and described videos are available on free loan. Materials are mailed to the borrowers home in postage-free containers.AlleghenyCarnegie Library of PittsburghCarnegie Library of Pittsburgh
    Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - Books and Magazines for the Blind and Physically HandicappedA wide variety of books and magazines for adults and children plus the necessary playback equipment may be borrowed. Books are available on many different subjects such as religion, sports, politics, science fiction and travel. The collection also includes best sellers, classics, biographies, poetry, plays, and much more. Materials: MAGAZINE titles range in subject from Good Housekeeping to Newsweek, and National Geographic to Sports Illustrated. Children’s magazines include Cricket and Spider. Most recorded magazines are produced on cassette. CASSETTE BOOKS require a special cassette player, which is loaned free to readers. It is necessary to have this special cassette machine that plays four track tapes at 15/16 inches per second. The cassette player operates by a rechargeable battery. Many readers like cassettes because they are portable and easy to store. BRAILLE BOOKS and magazines are available for adults and children. The children’s braille collection includes books having both the printed word and braille on each page. LARGE PRINT BOOKS are available for use by partially sighted persons who have difficulty reading standard print. These books are printed in LARGER THAN NORMAL TYPE. In addition to the Regional Libraries’ collections, many public libraries in the State have large print books. ATTACHMENTS are available for use with the equipment loaned. Please see application for more details.PhiladelphiaLibrary for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - Philadelphia; Washington Square WestLibrary for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
    SpiriTrust Lutheran ® Deaf ConnectionsServing deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the Greater York area. SpiriTrust Lutheran® Deaf Connections links the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities with the hearing community through interpreting, education and technology.YorkCommunity Outreach Services, Lutheran Social ServicesSpiriTrust Lutheran

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