Assistive Media

Expanding the world of reading


Photo: Ilene Sirocca

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Copyright © 1996—2014 Assistive Media

“An avid reader all my life, I've used every format available to the blind. Reading by way of Assistive Media is great! It's like getting an audio magazine anthology but not having to send it back or throw away the tape or CD and clutter the environment. And it's such a friendly way to read, too. Being able to E-mail comments and get answers about them gives the whole process a wonderful family mood.”

--Ilene Sirocca, Pittsburgh PA

Library of Congress Reading Room for the Blind, 1902.

In this photograph, a group of people are gathered to hear books read aloud.

Assistive Media was the Internet's first spoken word audio service for persons with print reading barriers thereby opening a unique avenue of accessibility for many individuals with cognitive, physical, and communication disabilities. Used in a variety of environmental settings (home, school, community, work place), Assistive Media provides a respectful solution that allows access to previously inaccessible reading materials leading to greater independence and integration into the mainstream of society and community life.

David H. Erdody


This photograph shows readers sharing a 1930s-era talking book

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Thank you!

Founded in 1996, Assistive Media is an internet-based audio reading service to serve people with visual or perceptual reading impairments.

Mission statement

Our philosophical purpose is to heighten educational, cultural, and quality-of-living standards through the pure enjoyment of reading via the good and useful work of not-for-profit service. 

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This video from the Royal National Institute for the Blind demonstrates the accessibility features of mainstream smartphones for blind and partially sighted people, including Android, Windows phones and Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone.

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