Reading the newspaper has always been something people who are blind could not do without the assistance of a sighted person. Now there are options.
The National Federation of the Blind has created the NFB-NEWSLINE® allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access newspapers and magazines over the telephone, on the Web, or by download to a digital talking book player, 24 hours a day. Qualified users can listen to articles from daily and Sunday issues of a local, regional, or national newspaper such as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Over the phone, touch-tone menus allow users to jump from one section of the paper to another, from one article to another, or from one newspaper to another. Users can also adjust the reading speed and voice, and pause the reading to hear the pronunciation or spelling of any given word.
NFB-NEWSLINE® In Your Pocket is a software application for personal computers which automatically downloads the publications of a subscriber’s choice to his or her digital talking-book player. Downloads are compatible with Book Port Plus or BookSense DAISY-reading devices.
In order to access the service, you must have a physical or visual disability that prevents you from reading a newspaper. To obtain an application contact the National Federation of the Blind. You will be issued an identification number and a security code, which you must enter each time you use the service.
For more information visit the National Federation of the Blind Website: www.NFB.org