Talking books will always have a place at Blind Low Vision NZ – but the way we are delivering them is changing.

We are retiring CDs by 30 June 2021. Many of our library members like receiving their talking books via CD but unfortunately it is an obsolete technology and CDs are becoming harder and harder to come by.

Blind Low Vision NZ is taking a proactive approach with the Alexa smart speaker. We have designed a library skill (similar to an app) for clients to access more than 35,000 books and magazines through the smart speaker.

Thanks to the Ministry of Social Development, we have 3500 Alexas to giveaway to our members.

Not only can you access our library, but through Alexa you can ask the time, ask public transport information, play music and the news, hear the latest Covid-19 updates and much more.

This puts the user in control and through their voice, they are able to access information independently.

Independence is one of four key priorities in our Strategic Plan 2020-2024 and Alexa is a way of bridging the information gap for people who are blind or have low vision.

If you are a Blind Low Vision NZ client or you are their support person, call us on 0800 24 33 33 or email info@blindlowvision.org.nz about getting an Alexa.