- Published on Monday, 01 February 2010 16:12
ASB Provides Internet Radio Streaming Services for the Print Impaired.
We have begun streaming audio content to people who are print-impaired. Copyright law requires us to use care when allowing the public access to this system. In order to become a member of this FREE service, you must first register on this site. Then, you will be asked to provide to us proof of your visual impairment. After you've been approved, you may listen to our audio stream, download from our archives and participate in our discussion forums.
Currently, we broadcast 4 times a day at 2:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM.
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On June 12th, 2009, ASB announced the decision to close its two long-standing, but underutilized reading services: the Radio Information Center for the Blind (better known as RICB), and ASB's Recorded Periodicals subscription service.
With the exception of RICB and Recorded Periodicals, all other programs and services of ASB were unaffected by this decision.
Below, you will find information on replacement services that are free of charge to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
There has been a great deal of interest in our archived content. We will be converting this to DAISY format as we further develop this program. In the meantime, we welcome you to download our content FREE OF CHARGE! CLICK HERE
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The first is a lending library service provided by the Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With over 75,000 titles, it provides cassette books, braille books, described videos, large print books, and magazines in both cassette and braille format. Taped materials are provided in four-track cassette format, and a four-track tape player is also provided free of charge. All materials are delivered to your home - and may be returned - via US mail. This service, including all postage, is free to qualifying individuals throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. Application forms can be obtained from the Library, or from ASB. The Library is located at 919 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, and its staff can be reached at 1-800-222-1754.
The second is a reading service known as NFB-NEWSLINE sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind. NFB-NEWSLINE provides access to audio versions of hundreds of local and national newspapers and magazines, as well as local television listings. This service is available through your touch-tone phone, and also may be accessed via the internet. All services are free to qualifying individuals. Application forms can be obtained from the National Federation of the Blind, or from ASB. NFB-NEWSLINE staff can be reached at 1-866-504-7300.
The third of these services is provided by the American Council of the Blind and is called the ACB Radio Network. This network delivers a wide range of news, entertainment, talk, and music programming reflecting the interests and experiences of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This programming is delivered through the internet. You'll need a computer, and an internet connection. This service, including the software needed to play it, is available free. To get connected, visit www.ACBRadio.org, and follow the instructions there.
Another service available in this area is provided by the New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center. Audiovision records and broadcasts readings from local newspapers and special interest programs. Audiovision is available without charge to any resident of New Jersey who lives within the Audiovision broadcast area and is unable to read standard print because of a visual or physical disability.
Each eligible listener is provided with a pre-tuned receiver. Audiovision may also be heard on a stereo TV or VCR with SAP (Second Audio Program) capability, broadcast via New Jersey Network (NJN) on UHF channels 23, 50, 52, and 58. NJN is also available through your local cable provider. Check your local cable guide for the specific NJN cable channel.
Audiovision airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The broadcast schedule features local programming Monday through Friday from 12pm to midnight. Additional programming is provided by other radio reading services from New York, Minnesota, Kansas, and Pennsylvania.
For more information about the New Jersey State Library Talking Book service, you may call (800)792-8322 for more information.
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