Any Kansas citizen who is unable to read or use regular print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations may receive service through Talking Book Services. This includes those who are blind or have a visual or physical disability that prevents them from reading or handling print materials. Some schools and medical facilities are also eligible to apply for service as institutions. Definitions used for application purposes are as follows:


Blind persons whose visual acuity, as determined by certifying authority is 20/200 or less in the better eye, with correcting lenses, or whose diameter of the visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.

Visual Impairment

Persons whose visual disability, with correction and regardless of optical measurement, is determined by certifying authority as preventing the reading of standard printed material.

Physical Impairment

Persons determined by certifying authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of physical limitations.

Reading Disability

Persons certified by competent authority as having a perceptual or reading disability of sufficient severity to prevent their reading printed material in a normal manner.

Certifying Authority

Eligibility must be certified by one of the following: doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, ophthalmologist, optometrist, psychologist, registered nurse, therapist, or professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public or welfare agencies (such as an educator, social worker, case worker, counselor, rehabilitation teacher, certified reading specialist, school psychologist, superintendent, or librarian).

Please call 1-800-362-0699 or 1-620-341-6280 for more information