Related Page: How to Join

You are eligible for this library service if you are a resident of upstate New York, of any age, and you have a physical disability that prevents you from reading print materials:

  • You can't see well enough to read conventional print. Specifically, you must:
    • Be legally blind, with vision in the better eye of 20/200 or less with correcting lenses, or:
    • Have a visual field no greater than 20 degrees in diameter, or:
    • Be unable to see well enough to focus long enough to read standard print, even with corrective lenses.


  • You have a permanent or temporary physical limitation which prevents you from holding a book or turning its pages. Physical disabilities which may prevent the ability to read include:

    • multiple sclerosis,
    • stroke,
    • cerebral palsy,
    • severe arthritis,
    • paralysis,
    • a missing arm or hand,
    • lack of muscle coordination, and
    • prolonged weakness.


  • You have a physically-based reading disability. You must be certified by a medical doctor as having a reading or learning disability due to an organic dysfunction severe enough to prevent reading in the usual manner.


Last Updated: April 27, 2011