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Visual Impairment

Medway libraries have signed up to the Six Steps Promise to ensure that all blind and partially sighted people can make full use of an accessible public library service.

Accessible books

Medway Libraries holds a wide selection of large-print books for adults and young people and talking books on cassette and CD. You can find them on the catalogue.

ClearVision picture books

ClearVision LogoClearVision picture books are print and Braille books for parents and children to share together. These are perfect for Braille reading parents to share with children or for Braille reading children to share with parents.  To discover available titles please use the advance search option on our catalogue and enter "ClearVision" as the collection.

Postal servicePhoto of parcels

The postal service provides spoken-word cassettes and CDs to blind or partially-sighted residents of Medway of all ages. Postage is free and there is a wide range of fiction and some non-fiction, including titles for young people.

Apply to receive audiobooks through the post if you are blind or partially sighted

The postal service leaflet (PDF 901 KB) can be downloaded and printed.

VIP (Visually Impaired) readers groups

The VIP readers' group is a reading group for people with a visual impairment who share their talking-book likes and dislikes. Groups meet up in Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham and Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester. For more information about when the groups meet up, please check the readers' groups page. 

Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL)

Every year the library hosts an event to celebrate Make a Noise in Libraries (MANIL). The main aim of MANIL is to promote the range of reading materials accessible to the blind and partially sighted communities. The event is held during June, and is arranged in partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Monomouse can help

Photo of woman using a MonomouseIf you find the writing on bills too small to read, you may be able to benefit from Monomouse, an electronic magnifier, attached to a television screen. It looks like a computer mouse and whatever it is moved over appears magnified on screen. It is perfect for reading newspapers, magazines, books, letters and bills.

There is a monomouse at Chatham Library, Community Hub Chatham and Twydall Library and it is free to use.

Useful websites

KAB Kent Association for the Blind support sight impaired people to live independent lives

RNIB The Royal National Institute of Blind People are a leading source of information on sight loss and the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people.

Reading Sight works to inspire and enable people with sight loss to continue to enjoy reading