Dear Ms. King,
I hope this e-mail finds you well and that you had a nice Easter. My name is Aisling Redican, I am Communications and Fundraising Manager for Xavier Society for the Blind in New York City. Since 1900, XSB has been providing free braille and audio books to blind and visually impaired people worldwide in order for them to learn about, develop, and practice their Catholic faith.
I wanted to let you know that Holy Desperation: Praying as if Your Life Depends on It is available in our audio library in digital talking book format. This format is compatible with the talking book machines provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (part of the Library of Congress). These machines are used by around 500,000 blind, visually impaired, or print disabled persons across the United States. We shared a clip of the audiobook on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter feed, and YouTube Channel; please feel free to do so as well.
Also, I’m not sure if you’re aware but in addition to audio, Holy Desperation was transcribed in braille in 2018! It is available in three braille volumes – braille takes up a lot more space than print.
If you need any more information, or know of anyone in need of our services, please do not hesitate to reach out. We have hundreds of books available in braille and audio and serve clients of all ages and faiths worldwide, from North Macedonia to South Africa. We are trying to serve more people in new and innovative ways during these challenging times. Although XSB has been around for 122 years, we often hear we are a best kept secret and that is something we are trying to change.
Xavier Society For the Blind
248 West 35th Street Suite 1502 New York, NY 10001