Georgia Libraries's path to equality with Accessible library

Sophie-Ann McCulloch
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ATLANTA, GA - A Georgia State University graduate, Miracle Wiley, once dropped out in her second year and gave up her dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher due to an accident where she lost her eyesight permanently.

“I never met any blind teachers growing up; I didn’t think it would be possible to pursue this dream,” said Wiley.

When her friend recommended she sign up and receive audiobooks from Georgia Libraries for Accessible Library Services (GLASS), she was excited to listen to them.

There were ups and downs, but thanks to GLASS’s network, Wiley met friends and teachers who were blind but still have the spirit to pursue their dreams.

“I was determined to go back to school, I wanted to show my students that they don’t have to fit into the ‘normal’ category to reach their goals,” said Wiley.

After that, she came back to school and finished her degree with the help of GLASS audiobooks. Right now, she's a teacher in an elementary school, and she's using audiobooks for her students.

GLASS connects with all library systems across Georgia to provide free materials supported by the Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. They also provide readers with access to over 650,000 electronic books.

Users can borrow and return reading materials via post mail for free and they can search online at GLASS catalog for braille, recorded books, and ask the advisers for help or personal request.

“I hope my story teaches people not to let life experiences deter them from pursuing their goals,” said Miracle.

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