FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, February 5, 2007
Category: 
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

Five West Virginia Newspapers Added to NFB-NEWSLINE®

Blind Students Enjoy Easier Access to Local News

Charleston, West Virginia (February 5, 2007): The National Federation of the Blind announced today the addition of five local newspapers to a service for blind and disabled readers in West Virginia.  With the support of the West Virginia Library Commission, West Virginia residents will now be able to access the Dominion Post from Morgantown, the Register Herald from Beckley, the Martinsburg Journal, the Parkersburg News-Sentinel, and the News-Register / Intelligencer from Wheeling by calling 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.

Fourteen-year-old Keri Hurst, a Lerona resident and high school student, said, “Access to local news and information is really important for everyone, especially students.  Now blind students in West Virginia can easily access their local newspaper for school projects or just for fun.”

Using a synthetic speech engine, NFB-NEWSLINE® delivers over 240 participating publications to its subscribers each day.  The five new papers join a distinguished list of daily newspapers already offered in West Virginia including the Inter-Mountain, the Charleston Gazette, and the Herald Dispatch.  Content is acquired electronically through a direct feed from the newspaper or via the Internet.  The service 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 sign up for NFB-NEWSLINE® contact the West Virginia Library Commission, Special Services Department at (304) 558-4061, toll-free at (800) 642-8674, or visit http://www.nfbnewsline.org/.