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Visually Impaired/Blind Audio Newspapers

Guest Author - Dean Ingalls

Audio newspapers and magazines read via the telephone is a service provided by the National federation of the blind Organization. The vision organization provides a variety of services for the visually impaired/blind. The audio newspaper service is provided for both the visually impaired and physically handicapped.

The audio newspaper service is known as NFB-Newsline and is a registered program of the National federation of the blind. The service provides a listing of newspapers for the USA states and territories and a listing of International publications. The service includes over 300 daily newspaper publications and 35 magazines.

The audio service contains at least one newspaper for each state in the United States.

The service has an International listing including the following publications:

International Listing:

1. China Daily
2. Financial Time
3. Guardian
4. India Times
5. Jerusalem Post
6. Kathimerini
7. London Telegraph
8. Moscow Times
9. New Zealand Herald
10. Toronto Globe and Mail


Magazine Examples Available:

1. AARP – The Magazine
2. ABC Braille Forum
3. Better Homes and Garden
4. ESPN – The Magazine
5. Ladies Home Journal
6. Times
7. Vanity Fair
8. Vogue


Who’s Eligible?

Anyone unable to read conventional newsprint can sign up for the service including individuals with visual and physical disabilities.


How do you sign up for the service?

The National federation of the blind provides several methods for signing up for the service. First, the NFB offers a toll free number you can call for more information and help signing up: 1-866-504-7300. Second, the NFB website (www.nfb.org) provides an online application you can fill out and submit for approval. If you are a member or have signed up for any talking book library service in your state you can use the online application to sign up for service or simply call your state’s talking book library and get help to register for the service. Third, The website provides a link for locating a local newsline access number in your area.

After, completing the registration form a letter containing and activation code is sent to you. Simply follow the directions in the letter to get started using your free service.


The NFB website contains an audio demonstration of the service and links for learning how to use the service. A user can easily adjust functions such as speed of the audio reader, choose from a list of options and select sections of the newspaper from an article listing. Most user’s find the service very simple and easy to use.


**If, you are already a registered user of the newsline service you can have publications sent to your e-mail inbox. Go to www.nfbnewslingonline.org and select the link titled, “Manage all your favorites” then, select “Manage your e-mail favorite publications.” An option to select from the list of publications available appears. Select the publications you want to receive (no limit on the number of publications). Finally, return to the favorites management page and activate the link to turn on the “Daily e-mail of favorites.” An option to receive updates is available. A confirmation page is sent when the process has been successfully completed. If help is needed, call toll free 1-866-504-7300.


I have used the audio service in the past and enjoyed listening to the news. The service is a great way to keep up with the news from my hometown and around the world.
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