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A very important issue was raised recently in the thread “What is the best method for blind people?” over on HTLAL. And it certainly got me thinking…how DO you approach learning a new language if you’re blind or visually impaired? What if you’re deaf, experience learning difficulties, or have any other disabilities?

So with this in mind, I’d like to make this post a starting or general reference point for people facing these issues who are interested in learning languages, in the hope that they or their friends and family can find the information and resources they need quickly.

Let me get the ball rolling with a tipsheet I found recently online from Mobility International that offers lots of useful links and information for both students and teachers, and a website that sells large print bilingual books and audiobooks in English, French, Spanish and German:

Foreign Language Learning and Students with Disabilities (MIUSA)

Bilingual Audiobooks and Large Print Bilingual Books (Mutilingualbookstore via Lulu)

And if anyone can think of other good links, please let me know and I’d be delighted to add them to the list. Thanks.

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