The Unseen Minority: A Social History of Blindness in the United States: 9. Books for the Blind


Abstract: Problems in making books readily available to people who were blind or visually impaired led in 1904 to provision of free mailing privileges books for blind readers. Further efforts to address financial and technical problems in providing them achieved passage of the 1931 Pratt-Smoot Act, which funded the foundation of a system of library services for blind and visually impaired readers under the Library of Congress. In 1972, however, only about 10 percent of those enrolled in the program received braille books, rather than recorded books.


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