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Resources for Blind/Visually Impaired Students

Described and Captioned Media Program

The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind. These services include:

  • A library of free-loan described and captioned educational media.
  • A clearinghouse of information related to educational media access.

  • A gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility.

  • A center for training and evaluation of any service provider desiring to appear on the DCMP’s approved lists of video description and captioning service providers. There are no user registration or service fees.

The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf. Teachers, students, parents, and PreK-12 personnel working with these special populations are qualified to become DCMP clients.

American Printing House for the Blind

MSDB orders outreach materials statewide for school districts with qualifying blind and visually impaired students through the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), a federally funded program. A variety of resources are available through APH, including Large Print and Braille texts, tactile materials, Braillers, electronic aids and more.


Bookshare is an online library that provides more than 50,000 books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, and more in downloadable digital text formats for the use of the blind and other individuals with print-related disabilities. Bookshare books can be easily used with access technology using synthetic speech, large print and/or Braille. If you are a U.S. student or a U.S. educational institution, your membership is free, through an award from the U.S. Department of Education. Be sure to fill out all the student/school information so you can qualify.


Downloadable electronic files of converted educational materials, such as textbooks. Schools designate an Authorized User to retrieve.

The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is a national repository that holds electronic files converted from publishers of educational materials. It makes these “NIMAS” files available for the production of core instructional materials, such as textbooks, in accessible formats on behalf of eligible print-disabled students in grades K-12. For more information on NIMAS visit our NIMAC/NIMAS page.

Montana Talking Book Library

Eligible Montana residents who are unable to use standard print materials due to visual, physical and/or reading disabilities can apply to the Montana Talking Book Library to receive loan materials through the mail, including audio books and playback equipment. In addition, Braille embossed books are available free to active patrons of the Montana Talking Book Library through an interview process. Braille services are contracted with the Utah State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic

RFB&D provides access to the nation's largest audiobook library of textbooks and literature titles for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia. Titles are available in every subject area and grade level. RFB&D offers a downloadable AudioPlus format as well as audio CD through the mail. Individual membership is now free to individuals with proper certification. Fee-based Institutional Memberships are also available to schools and other institutions on behalf of qualifying students.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) - The Library of Congress

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Contains a variety of math and spatial concept puzzles and games for K-12 blind or visually impaired students. - Braille books for kids

Braillebug - Fun site for kids – includes a reading group.

Blind and Low Vision Services and Vocational Rehabilitation Services assist students in transitioning from the secondary to post-secondary education or work settings.