Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

Florida Times-Union Now Available on NFB-NEWSLINE®

Popularity of Service Continues to Surge

Jacksonville, Florida (November 28, 2006): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce the addition of the Florida Times-Union to a service for blind and disabled readers in Florida. Now these readers will be able to access yet another popular local newspaper by calling NFB-NEWSLINE®. This free service allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a physical disability to listen to it 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.

Joe Minichiello, a Jacksonville resident and active board member of the NFB of Florida, said, “It is imperative that the blind have access to their local newspapers. The addition of another great local newspaper like the Times-Union to the service offers more options to blind readers in Florida than ever before.”

Using a synthetic speech engine, NFB-NEWSLINE® delivers the Florida Times-Union and over 230 other participating publications to its subscribers each day. The Times-Union joins a distinguished list of 12 daily newspapers already offered in Florida including the Miami Herald and the Orlando Sentinel. Content is acquired electronically through a direct feed from the newspaper. It is accessible 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 the National Federation of the Blind at (866) 504-7300, or visit them online at