HOW WE CAN HELP
We read when you can’t
CABVI provides access to the printed word with Radio Reading Services radio broadcasts, personalized talking print (PTP) telephone information retrieval system and talking books.
Listeners are people who are blind, visually impaired, have conditions that make holding printed material and turning pages difficult (arthritis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, stroke), or have dyslexia or other learning disabilities.
Also available is our One on One program, which matches a person who is blind or visually impaired with a personal volunteer reader.
PERSONALIZED TALKING PRINT
Personalized Talking Print Services
Personalized Talking Print (PTP) allows listeners to call from any phone, any time of the day or night, and listen to a variety of news stories and magazine articles. A brief instruction session prepares listeners to use PTP easily from their homes.
Listeners can also make specific, personal requests for reading of printed materials, such as listings in dictionaries, Yellow Pages, stock quotes, or menus from local restaurants. Volunteers will read the information into the PTP system so listeners can retrieve the information at their convenience.
For information about PTP or to request a radio receiver, call 513-487-4245.
Talking Books, a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a branch of the Library of Congress, are books and magazines recorded by professional narrators that are played on a specially designed Talking Book Machine. The Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired is the local partnering agency and assists the NLS in providing service to residents in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Talking Books are available free to persons who are legally blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or print impaired. Facilities serving these individuals, such as retirement communities, nursing facilities and schools, may also apply for machines.
All reading materials (except for textbooks) are distributed by the Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled, 17121 Lake Shore Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44110-4006. Phone: 1-800-362-1262
ONE ON ONE SERVICES
One on One Service
Clients of CABVI may request the services of a one on one volunteer. The One on One Volunteer Coordinator will try to match the interests and geographic locations of clients and volunteers, and assignments can be made on a once a week, once a month or short-term basis. These volunteers are available to assist in a variety of ways.
- Read mail, magazines, catalogs, recipes, instruction manuals, or bus schedules
- Read business correspondence
- Write checks and fill out forms
- Provide transportation to the grocery store, bank, or doctor
- Help label groceries and other items
- Help organize paperwork
AUDIO INFORMATION GUIDE
Audio Information Guide
This site is a guide to sources of audio information accessible to blind, visually impaired, or physically handicapped individuals under the authority of Section 121 of Title 17 the United States Code, or with permission of the copyright owner(s).
AGOGO is an iTunes app that is described as the easiest way to listen to all the audio programming you love — news, entertainment, music, sports and much more. Make the most of your daily commute, walk or workout by streaming what inspires, enriches and entertains you. AGOGO Channels Your World by bringing together the freshest, most trusted sources into a single unified service and experience. Available at www.agogo.com and iTunes.
Blio is a free feature-rich eReading application and that will turn your Windows, Android or iOS device into an eReader. Buy unique, bestselling and enhanced content from an in-application book store. Seamlessly sync your libraries across up to five devices. Available at www.blio.com.
iBlink Radio mobile app has podcasts covering topics such as broadcasting, computers, radio, technology, independent living, travel, and much more. Check the app store in your mobile device (iPhone, Kindle, etc.) for availability. The app also has various music genres.
International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) Member Reading Services with Online AccessSome sites require registration to receive a password. Most streaming sites also offer podcasts or downloadable archives. Some sites require registration to receive a password. Most streaming sites also offer podcasts or downloadable archives.
- Arizona: Sun Sounds (sunsounds.org/listen)
- California: KPBS Radio Reading Service (kpbs.org/radio/reading-service/)
- Canada: Accessible Media, Inc. (www.ami.ca/Pages/default.aspx)
- Colorado: Audio Information Network of Colorado (aincolorado.org)
- Connecticut: Connecticut Radio Information System (www.crisradio.org)
- Georgia: Georgia Radio Reading Service (www.garrs.net)
- Illinois: Mind’s Eye (www.mindseyeradio.org), CRIS Radio (chicagolighthouse.org), Tri-States Audio Information Services (www.tristatesaudio.org)
- Indiana: Audio Reading Service (www.acpl.lib.in.us), Indiana Reading and Information Service (www.wfyi.org/iris-reading-services)
- Iowa: The Iowa Radio Reading Information Service (www.iowaradioreading.org)
- Louisiana: WRBH Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped (www.wrbh.org)
- Maine: The IRIS Network (Operation Suspended)
- Maryland/DC: Metropolitan Washington Ear, Inc. (www.washear.org)
- Massachusetts: Talking Information Center (www.ticnetwork.org), Audio Journal (www.audiojournal.net)
- Michigan: Detroit Radio Information Service (www.dris.org), The Sight Seer (thesightseer.org)
- Minnesota: Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (mn.gov/deed/ssb/braille/radio-talking-book/)
- Nebraska: Radio Talking Book Network (rtbs.org)
- New Jersey: EIES of New Jersey (eiesofnj.org), Audiovision (www.audiovision-nj.org)
- New York: Gatewave (gatewave.org), WXXI Reachout Radio (reachoutradio.org)
- North Carolina: Mountain Area Radio Reading Services (marrswnc.org), Triangle Radio Reading Service (www.trianglereadingservice.org), Down East Radio Reading Service (www.downeastreading.org)
- Ohio: WEYE Seeing Eye Radio (www.goodwillakron.org), Radio Reading Services of Greater Cincinnati (www.cincyblind.org), VOICEcorps Reading Service (voicecorps.org)
- Oregon: Omni Media Networks (omnimedianetworks.org)
- Scotland: Insight Radio (www.insightradio.co.uk)
- Virginia: WHRO Voice (mediaplayer.whro.org/voice), Virginia Voice (www.virginiavoice.org)
Kurzweil-National Federation of the Blind Reader converts the content of printed documents into clear synthetic speech, and is now available as an iOS app. Available at www.knfbreader.com and iTunes.
NFB-NEWSLINE® provides a free telephone service as well as an iPhone app. NFB-NEWSLINE® provides access to newspapers and magazines from all over the country. There are also local channels with announcements of specific interest to the blind. Call the National Federation of the Blind toll-free at 1 (866) 504-7300 to request an application.
Cincinnati Area Audio Described Performances
This is the audio description schedule for Cincinnati area theaters through April 2019. There are 9 productions during this period. Phone numbers for respective theaters are at the end of the listing.
BROADCAST READING SERVICE
Broadcast Reading Service
With a special radio receiver, listeners hear daily broadcasts of local newspapers and magazines. The broadcast is carried on a side band of a Cincinnati public radio station and can be heard within a 50-mile radius of downtown Cincinnati. Broadcasts are also carried on cable TV and on closed circuit TV systems in hospitals and senior facilities. CABVI broadcasts on-the-air on our radio station 24 hours a day including more than 7 hours of daily news from local newspapers and periodicals. Popular programs are the front page news, grocery store ads, obituaries, and editorials. Other programs include national newspapers such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, interviews with authors, and regular feature shows such as sports, travel talk, health news and recipes.
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