TRENTON – October is Blindness Awareness Month in New Jersey and The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center’s Audiovision radio reading service of select NJ newspapers could use your help. Audiovision provides access to newspapers for people with print disabilities including blindness; low vision; a physical disability that makes it difficult to hold a book; or a learning disability with a physical basis.
“We could definitely use more volunteers to read the daily newspapers for our broadcasts,” said Adam Szczepaniak, director of TBBC. “This is a vital service our customers depend on daily. We would welcome volunteers to our studio to help bring local news to our listeners.” TBBC is located at 2300 Stuyvesant Avenue, Trenton.
Newspapers broadcast include the Asbury Park Press, Bergen Record, Camden Courier Post, Home News Tribune, Newark Star Ledger, Trenton Times, the South Jersey edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Programming includes local news, grocery ads, editorials, obituaries, cooking, health, disability news, senior citizen issues and more.
Blindness Awareness Month in New Jersey was established in 2009 to acknowledge the vital importance of Braille literacy and to build awareness about the prevention, treatment and cure of blindness and other visual impairments.
Audiovision has been New Jersey’s premier access point to NJ newspapers for people with print disabilities since 1983, when NJN TV began to broadcast it free of charge. In 2003, Audiovision went live with archived audio files for its listeners, the second radio reading service Internet streaming site in the nation at www.audiovision-nj.org. Equipment has been provided through grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as well as through federal funds from the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For more information on Audiovision or to volunteer as a reader call 1-800-792-8322 or 1-609-530-3242.
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