Alabama School for the Blind's (ASB) Instructional Resource Center for the Blind (AIRCB) provides Braille and large print books, materials and other services to all students in Alabama who are blind or have low vision - at AIDB and in public schools. AIRCB also operates a Braille and large print production service for textbooks, manuals or other printed resources requested by colleges, businesses and individuals.
Large print and Braille books are purchased from special media vendors and checked out to students who are blind or who have low vision for the length of the school year, then redirected to another student or school system as needed. When Braille and large print books are not available for purchase from these special media vendors, they are produced at the AIRCB. Last year, the AIRCB had more than 500 requests for Braille books, statewide. AIRCB also functions as a lending library for Braille and large print books, recordings and descriptive videos for blind adults in the area.
If you are a special education teacher in Alabama and need to order books or other resources, click here.
The AIRCB is also home to the National Library Service Subregional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. For more information about this service, our descriptive video service, DVS and Braille transcribing services, click here.