It’s a priceless service for those who are either blind or print disabled.
On today’s show, we learn more about NFB-NEWSLINE with Lee Martin, SR., NFB Newsline-IN State Coordinator, and Florence Myers McSwine, Assistant to the Coordinator.
What is NFB-NEWSLINE®?
NFB-NEWSLINE® is an audio Information service that provides the blind and print disabled residents of Indiana with access to over 500 print publications, job listings, retail advertising circulars, and interactive TV listings. The service is free of charge and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NFB-NEWSLINE® service has been available to the print disabled residents of Indiana for over 25 years.
Disability Employment Act:
The outdated(Wagner O’Day Act of 1938) approach to employment fails to adequately equip workers with disabilities for the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Access technology Affordability Act:
The cost of critically needed access technology is out of reach for most blind Americans The high cost of access technology creates a difficult economic reality
the United States Census Bureau indicates that 71 percent of blind Americans are either unemployed or underemployed
• FYI: Disability Employment Act
Will ensure that workers earn at least the prevailing wage. The bill will prohibit the use of 14(c) certificates and will require employers to pay workers with disabilities at least the minimum wage, or if greater, the prevailing wage. The bill establishes an Employment Integration Trust Fund to assist employers to meet reasonable accommodation requirements under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
• FYI: Access Technology Affordability Act
Most access technology ranges from $1,000 to $6,000. For example, a leading screen reader is $900, a popular Braille notetaker is $5,495, one model of a refreshable Braille display is $2,795, and a moderately priced Braille embosser is $3,695. According to the United States Census Bureau 71 percent of blind Americans are either unemployed or underemployed. Consequently, most blind Americans do not have sufficient financial resources needed to purchase these items.
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