FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Monday, October 12, 2009
Category: 
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

Largest Newspaper Service for the Blind Now Offers Over 300 Publications

NFB-NEWSLINE® Offers Blind Individuals More Content Choice

Baltimore, Maryland (October 12 , 2009): The National Federation of the Blind announced today that NFB-NEWSLINE®, the largest electronic newspaper service in the world for blind and print-disabled Americans, now gives subscribers independent access to over three hundred newspapers and magazines. This free service allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a physical disability to listen to the newspaper over the telephone, on the web, or by download to a digital talking-book player. With the addition of national newsmagazines like Time and interest-specific magazines like Science News to its roster of national and local publications, NFB-NEWSLINE® continues to cater to the increasingly divergent interests of its subscribers.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “NFB-NEWSLINE® is truly a testament to our belief in the importance of offering print-disabled individuals access to the same vital information that is available to our sighted peers. NFB-NEWSLINE® offers subscribers freedom of choice, and now that over three hundred publications are available on the service, we have more choice than ever.”

Nijat Worley, a college student from Colorado, said: “I can’t tell you how much I enjoy being able to easily access so many newspapers and magazines! All I need to do is pick up a phone or open a Web page and I can choose to read from hundreds of publications including my hometown newspaper or the New York Times, my favorite national newspaper. As a sophomore with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs, the variety of news sources offered by NFB-NEWSLINE® really helps me find material for my coursework. Since it’s available any time, day or night, I can read the news in accordance with my busy schedule.”

NFB-NEWSLINE®, which began operation in 1995, offers TV listings in addition to newspapers and magazines to over 69,000 subscribers through several delivery methods: a standard touch-tone telephone, a secure, text-only Web site, or by download to a digital talking-book player.

To experience the variety of choice offered with NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit www.nfbnewslineonline.org. For further information, please e-mail Scott White at swhite@nfb.org or call (866) 504-7300.