BARD Mobile App from NLS

BARD Mobile App icon

BARD Mobile App

The BARD Mobile App developed by the Library of Congress is the app managing files for those registered for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Seeing the apps interface, shows it looks very similar to the actual readers supplied by the NLS.


Free and available for iPhone and iPad, this app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). This service allows access to 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats. Using Bluetooth services on your iDevice,  you can also use a refreshable braille display and read the braille materials available on BARD.

What a great app making information more portable for individuals with visual impairment.  What I know about individuals with blindness is their need to carry with them numerous devices to access information with combined weight of the devices being significant. This app provides additional access to information on an iOS mobile device.

More for your teaching, personal or OT mTool Kit!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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