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"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
- Helen Keller


THE SERVICES WE OFFERED

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Man reading a paper
InSight Our large print newspaper

Boy wearing headphones
InSound Our audio cassette magazine

Hands reading braille
InTouch Our Braille magazine

Close up of tapes
Library In Sound Our Cassette Tape Lending Library



Man reading newspaper  InSight

With our large print newspaper we were able to open the Word to our visually impaired readers.  The first edition of InSight appeared in 1972, and it was published 6 times a year.

It contained timely and inspirational reprints from the best of the Canadian church press and was printed in 22 point large type.

The November/December 2004 issue of InSight was, unfortunately, the last.  The Board of Directors reluctantly decided to discontinue publishing it because of a severe shortfall in available funds.



Boy wearing headphones  InSound

The sound of the gospel rang in the ears of our blind listeners as they heard the Good News on our audio cassette tape magazine. InSound was founded in 1975 by the Reverend Aubrey De Vere Hunt  and was produced 6 times a year.

It contained interviews, stories, sermons, music and devotions, and was recorded on a 2 track cassette tape.  The cassette was mailed in a postage-free returnable container without charge, upon request, to blind residents of Canada.

The last edition July 2005 included

Side 1
- Introduction
- Hymn composed by Graham Down and sung at the last Annual General Meeting of the Society.
- For the beauty of the earth by John Rutter.
- Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, sung by Charlotte Church and the London Choir.
- The final episode of the story of Louis Braille.
- Other available resources.

Side 2
- Moving a Mountain, a story by an unknown author.
- Hymn, All hail the power of Jesus' Name.
- Sermon, The God we get, preached by the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long.
- All things bright and beautiful, by John Rutter.
- Hymn, Rejoice! The Lord is King.



Hands reading braille  InTouch

With the touch of the fingers our Braille magazine opens up the world of Christian literature to our blind and deafblind readers.  InTouch was first published in 1975 and appeared 4 times a year.

It contained timely and inspirational reprints from the best of the Canadian church press and was published in grade 2 American Braille, the type of Braille that most Canadian Braille-users are familiar with.  InTouch was sent free, upon request, to blind residents of Canada.

The Summer 2005 edition was the last to be published, and included:

Planting the Fields - an article by Rachael Wallace-Oberle
(Esprit, Summer 2004)

A matter of life and debt - an article by Phil Callaway
(Presbyterian Record, June 2004)

Worshipping summer style, in God's country - an article by Marites N. Sison
(Anglican Journal, September 2004)

Song of Zacchaeus the taxman - a poem by Mel Malton
(Ministry Matters, Winter 2005)

A Firm Foundation - an article by Neil Hetherington
(Faith and Friends, September 2004)

Failure and the second half of Life - an article by Ron Rolheiser
(The Catholic Register, November 7, 2004)

A letter from the Reverend Gerald Hunt, President of the John Milton Society for the Blind in Canada




Close up of tapes  Library In Sound

The Reverend Aubrey De Vere Hunt Library In Sound was founded in 1975.   It was a circulating collection of music, sermons from Canada's best preachers, meditations, bible stories and bible studies. It had material suitable for children, teens and adults.

Listeners could choose from a large selection of titles and subjects, and the catalogue was available on line.   Two tapes at a time could be borrowed for up to 4 weeks and they were mailed out postage-free in a returnable container. Our library service was provided without charge, upon request, to blind residents of Canada.

As plans progressed for the closing of the Society, the Executive Director searched diligently for a repository for this unique collection. Success came when the Board of Directors accepted the offer of the Trinidad and Tobago National Library and Information Systems Authority (NALIS) to receive and circulate the collection. NALIS can also use the electronic catalogue which our volunteer Librarian Dorothy Archer had so painstakingly created over a period of more than five years. The carefully-packed boxes of tapes began their journey to their new home on July 14, 2005. May the Aubrey deVere Hunt Library InSound continue to spread joy and inspiration for many years to come.

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