Since early 2019, Special Touch Ministry has been retooling and developing programs and services specifically to meet the needs of people who are blind or have visual impairments. Below are the services currently being provided.
For more on how you can receive any of these services, contact Nettamara, Administrator of Blind Services, at 715-258-2713, option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Believer’s Handbook
Asking Jesus into your life is the most important decision you’ll ever make. This easy-to-read booklet lays a firm foundation for Christians to find out more about Jesus, build their faith, and have many questions answered. It’s the booklet for every person who comes to salvation and it’s available in Digital Talking Book Format from Special Touch Ministry.
Listen to God’s Word for Today
Listen by phone to this daily scripture reading and short devotional by calling 715-258-2713. Choose option 7 when you hear the recorded greeting.
Alive in 5 Evangelistic Tool Large Print & Braille Book
When our pastor showed us the Alive in 5© booklet from Youth Alive®, we were excited! With just five steps, anyone can use this simple, easy-to-understand tool, to lead people to salvation. ~Nettamara, STM Blind Services
Special Touch Ministry Blind Services has adapted this booklet into Large Print and Braille, making it an accessible tool for both churches and individuals, those both with and without visual impairments, to share the Gospel. This new format can also help raise awareness in churches, reminding them that everyBODY, needs the message of Christ.
This tool is available for people with visual impairments or blindness AT NO COST*! If you know a church or individual who would like to be equipped to reach those with visual impairments or blindness, Alive in 5© Large Print & Braille Books are available for a small donation to cover shipping and handling costs. For more information on how to receive a copy, contact Nettamara, Administrator of Blind Services, at 715-258-2713, option 2 or email@example.com.
*Must meet National Library Service Qualification
Radiant Life Quarterly Adult Sunday School Curriculum in Digital Talking Book Format
Update: The Radiant Life Quarterly Adult Sunday School Curriculum is now available in accessible format for screen readers. The Teacher’s Guide is available as well in various formats. Contact Nettamara, Administrator of Blind Services, at 715-258-2713, option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Radiant Life Adult Sunday School Curriculum, published by Gospel Publishing House, is designed to encourage adult participation in class discussions and inspire action in daily life. Each lesson includes study text, key verses, and additional study ideas for the week. This audio format is designed to be used by people with blindness, visual impairments, or other disabilities severe enough to prevent reading regular printed materials. As this format can ONLY be played in NLS players, we are aligning our eligibility requirements to acquire a digital talking book, with those of the National Library Service.
Anyone interested in acquiring these materials should FIRST qualify to receive a Digital Talking Book Player (free through the National Library Service). Application and eligibility information can be found at www.loc.gov/nls (Equipment for NLS Materials).
After receiving the player, eligible applicants should contact Special Touch Ministry Blind Services. We will send you the Radiant Life Adult Quarterly Order Application and Eligibility Form. In order to be sustainable there is a small one-time $20 fee to cover material expenses. Radiant Life Curriculum NLS cartridges will be mailed out quarterly beginning with the quarter following submission of the application order form.
Audio & Braille Resource Directory
As technology has shifted and the need increased, more places are providing materials in audio and Braille format. We’ve compiled a list of places to find Audio and Braille versions of bibles, devotionals, sermons, Christian literature, and more.
Blind and visual impairments ministry support and assistance
Special Touch Blind services is working with existing ministry programming to become more accessible to those who are blind or have visual impairments. This also includes the Disability Friendly Church Certification program which provides accessibility tools, instructions, and training specifically to churches and ministry leaders.
In addition, those with visual impairment are welcome to join the monthly STM Online Fellowship Group (accessible online or by phone).
Blind Services continues to develop with an evangelistic focus. Plans are also in the works to build relationships with schools for the blind. For updates, check out the Special Touch Ministry newsletter and Facebook page.