The Regional Braille and Talking Book Program line item was added to the MBLC's budget in 1991.1
In 1991: "Under this new program, which was formerly administered by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the MBLC contracted with Perkins School for the Blind to loan braille materials to approximately 14,000 visually impaired individuals throughout the Commonwealth."2
TODAY: The Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library and the Worcester Talking Book Library work together to meet the needs of an estimated 100,000 residents with vision loss or physical disabilities. Both operate through state funding to the MBLC.3
What else happened in 1991?
1. Image courtesy of the Worcester Talking Book Library.
2. 102nd Annual Report of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, 1991.
3. MBLC Annual Report, 2012.
4. thepeoplehistory.com [link].
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