Cincinnati, OH – On Tuesday, August 16, the Personalized Talking Print (PTP) program at Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) received the Ken Marrs award from the American Council of the Blind of Ohio, Greater Cincinnati Chapter (ACBOGCC).
The Ken Marrs Award is presented to a group, company, or organization that has made outstanding progress in its programs and services enhancing the quality and equality of life for individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Personalized Talking Print (PTP) is a flexible service that allows listeners who are blind or visually impaired to access current, local printed information by telephone. PTP provides a variety of news stories, magazine articles, store ads, TV listings, obituaries, and more. PTP allows listeners to call and make specific personal requests for reading of printed materials, such as classified listings for apartments, articles in local community newspapers, or a daily devotional. No special equipment is needed to operate PTP and new listeners are provided with a brief instructional session over the telephone.
John Mitchell, CEO at CABVI, says, “Thank you to all of our wonderful PTP volunteer readers in Greater Cincinnati for making this program such a great success. We greatly appreciate American Council of the Blind of Ohio, Greater Cincinnati Chapter for honoring the PTP information service.”
Since 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. CABVI provides services to approximately 5,000 people each year. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at
Founded in 1979 in Cincinnati, Ohio, ACBOGCC is a chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Ohio (ACBO), dedicated to improving the quality and equality of life for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. ACBOGCC directs its skill and energy to equal access to information, education, employment, transportation, art and recreation, and all other facets of daily living that sighted people take for granted. ACBOGCC engages in advocacy to inform federal, state, and local officials and legislators as well as the general public on issues of importance to people with vision loss.
Photo Caption: Janet Papin, PTP Coordinator at CABVI, accepted the Ken Marrs Award.