Release Date: 
Friday, January 19, 2007
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)
Michelle Alvarez
AARP Publications
Sr. Manager, Media Relations
(202) 434-2555

National Federation of the Blind Partners with AARP Publications

Largest Circulation Magazine Now Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Members Includes English and Spanish Language Content

Baltimore, Maryland (January 19, 2007): The National Federation of the Blind, the largest consumer group of blind people in the United States, and AARP, the membership organization representing nearly 38 million Americans, have partnered to make AARP publications accessible to all blind and low vision people in the United States. AARP the Magazine, AARP Bulletin, and AARP Segunda Juventud, AARP’s bilingual magazine, are now available on NFB-NEWSLINE®, the nation’s largest free, on-demand news service for the blind.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said, “Over half of all blind and low vision Americans are older Americans. It is natural that the NFB would work with AARP to make their valuable publications accessible to the blind.”

Catherine Ventura-Merkel, Director of AARP Publications, said, “Through our publications, we are able to provide vital news and information to older Americans. We are pleased to be working with the National Federation of the Blind to ensure that our publications are available to all older Americans in an accessible format.”

Using a synthetic speech engine, NFB-NEWSLINE® delivers 238 participating newspapers and six magazines to its subscribers each day. Content is acquired via the Internet or through a direct feed from the publisher. It is accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, through a local or toll-free telephone number.

All individuals who are physically unable to read print are eligible to subscribe free of charge to NFB-NEWSLINE®. To subscribe or to request more information, call the National Federation of the Blind at (866) 504-7300, or visit them online at