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Calibre Audio Library
A National charity providing subscription free unabridged audio books for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia and other disabilities.
It has a choice of over 9,000 books available in digital format on MP3 CD, USB memory stick or via streaming.
There is a one off administrative fee of £35 (£20 for Young Calibre) but no other costs.
FREE use of Tandems
Charlotte's Tandems is a charity that lends tandems (and trailer bikes) to people of any age, disability or special need for free, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling.
The tandems are available for people to collect from their bases around the UK. Full details are on their website.
Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card
Carers go free
This is a national card providing concessionary cinema tickets for carers accompanying a disabled person to the cinemas across the UK.
The card is valid for one year and costs £6.00.
The application is made by the disabled person who must be either in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or registered as blind.
To apply: Either download an application form and return to CEA Card, PO Box 212, Waterlooville, PO7 6ZN Tel: 0845 123 1292 or apply on-line.
Free Braille books
Clearvision provide braille (or moon - an alternative to braille) print and pictures books via a postal lending library.
It has over 13,000 books including tactile picture books, fiction and non fiction.
Membership is free to families. Organisations and schools wishing to borrow the books must pay an annual fee of £50.
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Most Local councils run their own leisure pass scheme to offer discounted activities to it's local residents.
These may include discounts on bookings and price reductions to places of interest in the local area.
There is usually a small cost for the pass depending on your individual circumstances.
Though without exception concessions are offered to under 16/18 years, over 60's and individuals on benefits. It usually includes the Disability Living Allowance.
Check out your local Leisure scheme by looking on your council website.
Leisure passes may be calledPassport to Leisure or Access to Leisure
Free or reduced charges and fees
It is free to join your local library and to borrow books.
However, there are charges for additional services and late returns.
For disabled users there is usually a number of concessions. This may include:
- reduced (sometimes free) library charges for computer access
- audio and visual material
- Late returns/overdue books
- Reservations for books
Some areas also operate a free home delivery service if you are housebound, have a disability or care for someone at home.
The concessionary rate, eligibility requirements and services offered vary between local authorities.
Evidence of disability or benefits received may be required.
Free tactile and audio books
Living Paintings is a free library of tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people.
It operates a free postal library of "touch to see" books with titles suitable for children and adults.
It will also lend the books to schools, health organisations and care homes.
To join: complete the online form.
Reduced rates for audio books
The RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) run a Talking books service. For a reasonable subscribtion fee you can have book CD delieved to your home. Over the course of a year if you use the service regualry it amounts to a considerable saving on purchased audio CD's
You are able to order six books at a time but as many as you want throughout the year. The service is quick and it's easy to order new titles.
Included in the full subscription fee is a Daisy Player to play the CD. The use of the Daisy player means that one CD can contain a whole book where normal audio CD's may need 6 or more CD's for the same book.
The Daisy player is easy to operate and is able to change the voice speed to suit the listener.
It is only available to individuals with a visual impairment.