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August 21, 2014 | 25th Av 5774

Learning resources for the blind

Dear Shana, 

I am writing this for someone who is converting at a Reform congregation. She is 41 years old and has multiple disabilities, including pseudotumor cerebri, which has taken a lot of her sight away from her.

She wants to know if there is somewhere she can get a "talking Torah;" she used to love to read and she still attends Torah Study every week, but she would like to be able to listen to the parashah before she goes. She is happy she can listen to Torat Chayim online, but she wishes there were more.

Try the resources available from the Jewish Braille Institute, including tapes. www.613.org also has Jewish content and Torah audio. It is an Orthodox-based Web site, but I am sure you will find some interesting things on it. Also, Woodlake Technologies has all kinds of low vision technology, such as reading machines and software and screen readers and software.

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