FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, December 13, 2010
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

New Job Listings on NFB-NEWSLINE® Create Access and Employment Opportunities for Blind and Print-Disabled Americans

Hundreds of Thousands of Job Listings Now Available

Baltimore, Maryland (December 13, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of the blind, is pleased to announce that a revolutionary new feature has been added to NFB-NEWSLINE®, the free audible information service for the blind and others who cannot read print due to a physical or learning disability.  With this groundbreaking job-listings feature, blind and print-disabled people will be able to easily and independently search for job openings that match their education, skills, and interests.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The addition of this exciting new feature will address a critical need of blind and print-disabled Americans—the need for timely and independent access to job listings.  The availability of these listings will be of tremendous help in reducing the estimated 70 percent rate of unemployment among this population.  Subscribers can search through hundreds of thousands of job listings from all across the country and look for openings in their hometowns.”

With the addition of content from a national job classifieds provider, NFB-NEWSLINE®subscribers can conduct searches for job openings in dozens of categories such as banking and education, and if desired, can narrow the search to look for certain keywords within the listings.  Subscribers can save their searches and request that a particular job listing be sent to them via e-mail; the e-mail will contain the listing as well as a link that will provide a Web page with the position’s application form.

“For over fifteen years NFB-NEWSLINE® has played a vital role in the daily lives of tens of thousands of blind and physically disabled Americans,” said Scott White, director of the NFB-NEWSLINE® program for the NFB.  “Now, with the addition of the innovative job-listings feature, NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers can gain more than ever from this valuable service.  By making the process of searching and applying for jobs easier, NFB-NEWSLINE® is increasing the independence of those blind and print-disabled individuals who are looking for employment.”

NFB-NEWSLINE® allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access publications as well as television and job listings over the telephone, on the Web, or by download to digital talking book players or MP3-playing devices.

To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit www.nfbnewsline.org.  Those interested in subscribing to the service may fill out the online application form, write to nfbnewsline@nfb.org, or call (866) 504-7300.  In order to be eligible for NFB-NEWSLINE®, an individual must be a US resident who is legally blind or has a physical or learning disability that prevents the independent reading of newspapers.