FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Category: 
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

Largest Newspaper Service for the Blind Gets Even Larger

Wilmington News Journal, the 250th Newspaper, Added to the Service

Baltimore, Maryland (May 1, 2007): The National Federation of the Blind announced today the addition of the 250th newspaper, the Wilmington News Journal, to NFB-NEWSLINE®, the largest electronic newspaper service for blind and disabled persons in the world.  This free service allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a physical disability to listen to the newspaper over the telephone.  NFB-NEWSLINE® currently delivers newspapers, magazines, and television listings in audio format to over 56,000 subscribers.

“The daily newspaper remains unparalleled as an information source for all individuals, enhancing their lives as professionals, students, parents, and community members,” said Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind.

“With forty-one states and the District of Columbia now participating in NFB-NEWSLINE® and 250 newspapers available through the service, blind readers have more options than ever before.  Independent access to local news is incredibly valuable, and NFB-NEWSLINE® is continually working to ensure that all blind and visually impaired Americans have access to their news source of choice,” said Scott White, Director of Sponsored Technology Programs.

The News Journal joins a distinguished list of local and national newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today.  Content is acquired electronically through either a direct feed from the newspaper or over the Internet.  It is accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, through a local or toll-free telephone number. 

To subscribe or to request more information, call the National Federation of the Blind at (866) 504-7300, or visit them online at http://www.nfbnewsline.org/.