Eligibility requirements for the talking book program are as follows:

  • Persons who are totally or legally blind.
  • Persons with visual disabilities who are unable to read standard print clearly and comfortably for a reasonable length of time.
  • Persons with physical disabilities who cannot hold a book, turn pages, or focus on printed material due to muscle or nerve deterioration, paralysis, or some other disabling condition.
  • Persons certified as having a perceptual or reading disability and unable to read printed works to substantially the same degree as a person without an impairment or disability.
  • Eligibility must be certified by one of the following: doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, psychologist, registered nurse, therapist, and professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies (such as an educator, a social worker, case worker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, certified reading specialist, school psychologist, superintendent, or librarian).
  • Persons unable to read due to a temporary visual/physical disability (such as recuperation from surgery) for the duration of the disabling condition.