Oral History Project

“Our Stories, Our Lives” is an oral history project that works to both preserve and document the varying experiences of those with print disabilities through the stories of people who have lived/are living with a print disability, including blindness, visual impairment, physical impairment, blindness, or an organic reading disability.

These stories were gathered by the Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS) (formerly GLASS) to preserve and document a more complete history of the disability experience, specifically that of people with print disabilities who are living in Georgia.

“Throughout my life I used the Talking Book service, which is GLASS, to provide me with information on—actually provided me with a method to stay up to date on books and what’s going on in the world.”

Cornelius Butler

In this collection individuals who are unable to read standard print due to a disability share their story — whether it be their life story or a particular time they found significant.

Find all the stories in Our Stories, Our Lives (External Link)

This project was funded by Georgia Board of Regents with support for housing the digital collection from the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies.

Attempts were made to have stories be accessible to people regardless of ability, with transcripts provided for all stories to accompany the audio recording.

Press can download the press release.