Free audio news service to be introduced for blind, print-disabled Kansans

TOPEKA, Kan. (KCTV) – A brand new free audio information service is ready to be launched in Kansas and hold those that are blind or print-disabled up-to-date on present occasions.

The State Library of Kansas and the Nationwide Federation of the Blind got here collectively on Friday, Jan. 19, to announce that the Kansas Speaking Books program is ready to supply the NFB-NEWSLINE® service within the Sunflower State.

“We’re delighted to companion with the Nationwide Federation of the Blind to supply NFB-NEWSLINE® to our Kansas Speaking Books patrons,” mentioned Ray C. Walling, the State Librarian of Kansas. “This service will improve their entry to info and leisure, and empower them to stay the lives they need.”

The NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audio and Braille service that permits entry to greater than 500 publications – together with nationwide, state and worldwide newspapers. The service additionally consists of magazines, tv listings, retail advertisements, job listings and breaking information sources. It’s meant to make printed info accessible for many who are blind and print-disabled.

State officers famous that the Kansas Speaking Books program is a part of the State Library of Kansas. It supplies free library companies to those that can not learn customary print as a consequence of a visible or bodily incapacity. It additionally provides a variety of books and magazines in audio and Braille codecs, in addition to playback gear and equipment.

“Over the previous thirty years, NFB-NEWSLINE® has turn into an indispensable useful resource for tens of hundreds of blind and print-disabled People who wish to keep knowledgeable and linked with their communities and the world,” mentioned Mark A. Riccobono, President of the Nationwide Federation of the Blind. “We’re proud to companion with the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Speaking Books program to broaden the supply of this service, created by and for blind folks, all through the Sunflower State.”

With the addition of the brand new Newsline, state officers mentioned the Kansas Speaking Books program will allow patrons to entry present and dependable info by quite a lot of strategies corresponding to touch-tone phone, web site, iOS cellular app and Amazon Alexa good audio system. Subscribes may obtain publications to a digital talking-book participant or suitable system.

For extra details about NFB-NEWSLINE®, click on HERE.

To enroll in the brand new service, contact Kansas Speaking Books at 800-362-0699 or HERE.

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