Our Mission is to provide, upon request, free audio recorded versions of print material, which give persons with vision impairments or other disabilities access to lifelong learning choices.
About PAL-Reading Services Inc.
PAL-Reading Services Inc. (“PAL”) was founded in 1975 with a small federal grant. Originally named “Periodical Audio Library”, PAL was the idea of Jim Hamilton, a blind student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, now part of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). At that time, no other agency offered an audio recording service for print-challenged students who needed academic journal articles recorded quickly enough to meet weekly study deadlines.
What sets us apart?
- We respond to immediate, individual and unique requests
- We record using real voices for richness and depth, and an accuracy unavailable with current electronic voice technology
- We have a team of dedicated staff & volunteer readers who produce high quality recordings
- We read in multiple languages
- To provide print-challenged clients with customized audio materials on demand, at no cost to them
- To allow our clients to expand their knowledge and interests on subjects of their choice - education, hobbies, job related and more
- To ensure each print-challenged client can enjoy a high quality of life, and...
- To enrich the lives of our clients
Since 1975 we have served over 1200 print-challenged individuals and many of our clients continue to use our services year after year.
In 2017 we provided 2500+ hours of recorded material (an estimated 47,500 pages).