FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, December 4, 2006
Category: 
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

Cape Cod Times Now Available on NFB-NEWSLINE®

Local News in Massachusetts More Accessible than Ever

Hyannis, Massachusetts (December 4, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce the addition of the Cape Cod Times to a service for blind and disabled readers in Massachusetts. These readers will now have access to another reputable source for local, daily news through NFB-NEWSLINE®. This free service allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a physical disability to listen to the newspaper over a telephone. NFB-NEWSLINE® currently delivers the newspaper in audio format to over 50,000 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.

Helen Hayes, a Falmouth resident and an active NFB-NEWSLINE® listener, said, "It is so important that people with visual impairments have access to their local community newspaper. The addition of the Cape Cod Times, the leading newspaper for all of Cape Cod and the Islands, offers more options to listeners in Massachusetts than ever before."

Using a synthetic speech engine, NFB-NEWSLINE® delivers the Cape Cod Times and over 240 other participating publications to its subscribers each day. The Cape Cod Times joins a distinguished list of 8 daily newspapers already offered in Massachusetts, including the Boston Globe and the Telegram & Gazette. Content is acquired electronically through a direct feed from each newspaper. Subscribers have access twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, through a local or toll-free telephone number.

All individuals who are unable to read print due to a physical disability are eligible for this free service. To subscribe or to request more information, call Kim Charlson at the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library at 1-800-852-3133, or visit them online at www.perkinslibrary.org.