FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, June 27, 2011
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

Diabetes Forecast Magazine Now Available
on NFB-NEWSLINE®

Baltimore, Maryland (June 27, 2011): The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that NFB-NEWSLINE®—its free service that provides independent access by print-disabled people to hundreds of local and national publications as well as TV and job listings—has collaborated with the American Diabetes Association to add the magazine Diabetes Forecast to its lineup of publications. 

Offering over three hundred newspapers, magazines, and wire feeds, NFB-NEWSLINE®provides subscribers with on-demand access and the ability to read only those sections and articles of interest to the user from the publications available.  Subscribers may read their favorite publications through a variety of methods, including using a touch-tone telephone, accessing content on the Web, or downloading publications to Braille notetakers, digital talking book players, or MP3 players.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “With the addition of Diabetes Forecast, NFB-NEWSLINE® continues to expand the diversity of its offerings to meet the needs and interests of its subscribers.  Diabetes Forecast may be of special interest to blind Americans as diabetes is still the leading cause of blindness among adults.  It is important for blind people to have access to resources for health and wellness in addition to traditional news sources such as daily newspapers and entertainment magazines.”

Larry Hausner, CEO of the American Diabetes Association, said: “We are very excited to be collaborating with the National Federation of the Blind to further our outreach to the blind community with important information about diabetes prevention and management through our Diabetes Forecast magazine.  With diabetes being the leading cause of new cases of blindness among Americans, it is crucial for us to expand our outreach and help stop this devastating disease.”

“Diabetes Forecast provides information on living healthy and well with diabetes,” said Scott White, who directs the NFB-NEWSLINE® program.  “Filled with resources, recipes, and recommendations, it’s a publication that many of our subscribers will appreciate having available to them.”

NFB-NEWSLINE® allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access publications as well as television and job listings over the telephone, on the Web, or by download to digital talking book players or MP3-playing devices.

To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit www.nfbnewsline.org.  Those interested in subscribing to the service may fill out the online application form, write to nfbnewsline@nfb.org, or call (866) 504-7300.  In order to be eligible for NFB-NEWSLINE®, an individual must be a US resident who is legally blind or has a physical or learning disability that prevents the independent reading of newspapers.