Victor Stream is My Friend

Use your Victor Reader Stream handheld media player for the blind and visually impaired at work
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    Victor Reader Stream is one of the lowest-priced, smallest, smartest, and simplest handheld digital talking book reader.

    I have been listening to Talking Books from the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) since I was 6 years old, first on a gigantic record player that played huge records, then on cassettes, and later on a table-top portable player.

    Fifteen years ago, I was elated to learn of a new handheld blindness product called the Victor Stream. It is small, easy to learn to use, dependable, and versatile. Most exciting to me was that it connects to Wi-Fi, so I can download books, listen to podcasts, and even tune into hundreds of radio stations via the internet. It also has an excellent built-in audio recorder, making it a great tool for students or anyone who needs to record meetings or take audio notes.

    When I go to bed at night, my Victor Stream is always on my night stand within arm’s reach, whether I am at home, in a hotel, or spending the night with friends or relatives.

    About the Victor Reader Stream

    The Victor Reader Stream is one of the lowest-priced, smallest, smartest, and simplest handheld digital talking book reader media player for people who are blind and visually impaired. The Victor Reader Stream digital talking book reader puts the latest novels, magazines, your favorite music, audio-described films, texts, and your own voice recordings, all in the palm of your hand for hours of listening pleasure. The Victor Reader Stream digital talking book reader allows you to download books directly from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) while reading another book at the same time, and it even keeps you up-to-date on the process status.

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    About the Author

    This article was authored by Jerry Barrier, Assistive Technology Specialist on the New England Low Vision and Blindness Training Team.

    Jerry has worked in the field of assistive technology for over 20 years. He spent six years as assistant manager at the Verizon center for customers with disabilities, followed by seven years as an assistive technology consultant specializing in work with Deafblind consumers. Most recently, he ended a nine-year stint at the Perkins School for the Blind in the field of assistive technology.

    Jerry is past president and current secretary of the Bay State Council of the Blind, and past president of VIBUG, a long-standing Boston-based group of technology users.

    His interests include audio production, accessible web design, and “birding by ear”.  He has consulted on numerous accessibility projects with Mass Audubon and continues a long-standing working relationship with that organization.

    If anyone is in need of training for their student, senior, co-worker or veteran, please contact New England Low Vision and Blindness to schedule a personal consultation.  You can also call our toll-free number 888-211-6933 or email us at

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