• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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The Many Faces of BARD: Free Audio and Braille Content

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Platinum 2  

This presentation provides an overview of the Braille and Audio Reading Download, (BARD), service, provided by National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, (NLS), part of the Library of Congress. Target audiences include individuals and institutions who are potential NLS patrons, (U.S. residents or American citizens living abroad), along with current BARD members and NLS patrons. NLS serves patrons of all ages and offers resources for those who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, physically disabled, reading disabled, and disabled veterans, as well as those who are family members, friends, educators, and other professionals.

BARD provides free human narrated audio and Braille content such as books, magazines, and music from a collection of nearly 150,000 titles. The presentation will start by providing information on signing up for NLS and BARD, qualifications, and benefits. Next, is an explanation of how to search, browse, download, transfer, and read various Braille and audio content. This is followed by a summary of the many ways to access the service using the latest technology including the BARD website, software, (apps for windows, iOS, Android, and Fire tablets), and hardware, (Braille eReaders, and audio players). The presentation concludes by providing useful resources such as phone numbers, webpages, email addresses, and links to monthly presentations that support the service.

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  • Higher Education
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
  • Entertainment & Recreation
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Introducing the BARD service of NLS! Offers free audio and Braille content. Future patrons, learn about the benefits of signing up. Existing patrons receive an overview of available content, the latest technologies to access the service, and ways to get help.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Leisure & Travel
Session Type
General Track  


  • Zhi Huang
    National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress
  • Donald Olson
    National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress

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