FREE SERVICE TO THOSE WHO CANNOT READ REGULAR NEWSPRINT!
Would you like a newspaper with your morning cup of coffee? NFB-NEWSLINE® is well over 300 publications AND it's still growing. Four Spanish-language newspapers are available to all subscribers. The service handles thousands of phone calls each day for individuals across the country who now access daily newspapers and magazines as never before. The toll-free centralized call-in center provides service on demand to any subscriber. This also enables those who cannot read conventional print to have access to all content offered on NFB-NEWSLINE® when traveling throughout the United States twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Every day, a subscriber can choose that day's, the previous day's, or the previous Sunday's issue of any newspaper in the service. On NFB-NEWSLINE®, the user can easily choose which newspaper, section, and article to read using a standard touch-tone telephone. The menu provided allows the user to change the speed and voice settings, spell out words, or search for a particular word or subject.
NFB-NEWSLINE® now offers more choices than ever, including special local channels to distribute announcements of specific interest to the blind.
Over 40 magazines, ranging from the Arts, Science, Health and Fitness, Pop Culture and National and International news are available on NFB-NEWSLINE®. Just press Option 7.
Please select one of the links below to learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®.
Who Can Benefit?
Anyone who cannot read conventional newsprint could qualify for this free service. Many seniors have lost enough vision that reading the daily newspaper is no longer possible. They will enjoy being able once again to participate actively in community affairs. Blind children are now able to research their own civics assignments and do their homework independently. NFB-NEWSLINE® is the only service that makes so much information available to these eligible people twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
To be included in the service, each state must be funded. Members of the National Federation of the Blind across the country are working to find NFB-NEWSLINE®sponsors as quickly as possible from interested organizations, agencies, and individuals. We are also seeking new newspapers and magazines to add to the service. Would you like to help? Please contact us to find out how to help.
Now the Blind Have Access to Newspaper Information
Lifetime learning, including detailed awareness of current events, is part of what makes a good citizen, a successful employee or employer, and a valuable participant in community life. Without ready access to information, none of us can reach his or her full potential. Until 1995, the nation's blind did not have the promise of ready access to a fundamental source of such information--the daily newspaper. But now the National Federation of the Blind has created NFB-NEWSLINE®.
NFB-NEWSLINE® is at last making it possible for blind individuals to gain access to the information in newspapers at the same time as their sighted colleagues, friends, and family members. Blind professionals, for example, can now converse on relevant topics, no longer being under informed about information critical to their professions or left out at social functions when the latest editorial is discussed. Beyond this, a wealth of information primarily found in newspapers is now available to the blind on an equal footing, making possible their participation in the life of the community on the basis of equality.
The Internet provides sighted individuals access to thousands of newspapers and magazines with just a quick search. NFB-NEWSLINE® is the only system that will bring the blind so much to choose from at the time when the subscriber wishes to read. More and more papers are beginning to understand that blind and visually impaired individuals, just as the sighted, need to have access to their local papers. The numbers of participating papers are steadily growing. If you wish to have your local paper on NFB-NEWSLINE®, or are connected with a newspaper which would like to provide the text of its paper to those who cannot read print, contact the National Federation of the Blind.