Besides the Outdoor recreational activities that Club VIBES offers, we support the below agencies:
The Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes (TNABA) is currently establishing a new statewide organization to promote the physical fitness of all individuals no matter their ability.
Blind or visually impaired athletes, their family and friends, are urged to find out what it means to be a part of an organization focused on adapting “typical” sports and athletic competitions, to more adequately level the playing field for those in Tennessee with a disability.
A free library program of braille, recorded and large print materials is available to residents of Tennessee who are not able to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. The Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (TLBPH) cooperates with the National Library Service: Library of Congress (NLS) to administer this free library service. Qualifying individuals can access free books and other materials from the State and the Library of Congress in an accessible format.
Karen Keninger, the Director of the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH)/Library of Congress, has “tasked” the nation’s libraries for the blind and physically handicapped to reach out to eligible persons who have NOT yet registered for LBPH service. In fact, Ms. Keninger has challenged Tennessee to increase our usership by 20%….within the next five years!
In order to do this, we need your assistance. If you know of readers who have physical disabilities that prevent them from reading standard print…whether it’s a visual problem, a manual dexterity problem which makes holding a book and/or turning pages difficult, OR a reading disability please refer them to the Tennessee LBPH.
Any of your patrons who need large print should be eligible to borrow audio and large print from us, too! We have over 60,000 audio titles and 10,000 large print titles available to supplement your collections.
We are hoping YOU will consider adding a link to our website (http://www.tn.gov/tsla/lbph) onto your own site. You will be providing access to public library materials for persons with print disabilities by providing access to the Tennessee Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. You may browse our website to get more information about our service, including our criteria for patron eligibility, to download applications, and to read back issues of our newsletter.