Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NFB-NEWSLINE® Announces Availability of iPhone Application

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chris Danielsen Director of Public Relations National Federation of the Blind (410) 659-9314, extension 230(410) 262-1281 (Cell) cdanielsen@nfb.org NFB-NEWSLINE® Announces Availability of iPhone Application New iOS App Offers More Choice and Access to Print-Disabled Americans Baltimore, Maryland (June 4, 2012): NFB-NEWSLINE ®, a free audible newspaper service for blind and print-disabled people, today announced the launch of an exciting new access method. NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile, a free iOS application now available in the Apple App Store, features the text of over three hundred newspapers, forty magazines, and wire feeds, plus personalized television listings. This breakthrough access method will allow NFB-NEWSLINE® subscribers to easily view online and download their favorite publications with their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), said: “NFB-NEWSLINE® has made another groundbreaking advance with NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile. It is easy to learn, simple to use, powerful, and practical for today's mobile computing environment. Now blind and print-disabled people have a wealth of information, available to them at their fingertips, which can be quickly and easily accessed throughout the day.” "We are proud to offer our subscribers this new exciting mobile iOS application that allows them access to their favorite publications at home, while traveling to work, in the classroom, or in the office. If you’re looking for news from around the corner or from around the globe, NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile can help you quickly find it,” said Scott White, director of the NFB-NEWSLINE® program for the National Federation of the Blind. David DeNotaris, a blind professional, said: "Access equals success, and we have access to more newspapers, magazines and TV listings then ever before! So far I've used NFB-NEWSLINE® Mobile at the pool, on the treadmill, on the train, while waiting for breakfast at the diner, and I am sure lots of other places to come! I really enjoy my iPhone, and now that NFB-NEWSLINE® is on it, I can't put it down! Great job, NFB-NEWSLINE® team!” NFB-NEWSLINE® allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a visual or physical disability to access publications as well as television and job listings over the telephone, on the Web, or by download to digital talking book players or MP3-playing devices. To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE®, please visit www.nfbnewsline.org . Those interested in subscribing to the service may fill out the online application form, write to nfbnewsline@nfb.org or call (866) 504-7300. In order to be eligible for NFB-NEWSLINE®, an individual must be a US resident who is legally blind or has a physical or learning disability that prevents the independent reading of newspapers. About the National Federation of the Blind With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.

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