[nfbmi-talk] Fw: Partial Funding Secured to RestoreNFB-NEWSLINE inMichigan

Fred Wurtzel f.wurtzel at comcast.net
Wed Jan 5 20:14:20 CST 2011


Hi,

Well, Michiganians and Michiganders, now, Michiganites is a  new one on me,
too.  (smile)  Remindes me of a mineral like Halite or Taconite.

Warmest Regards,

Fred

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Awesome. But Michiganites?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Larry Posont" <president.nfb.mi at gmail.com>
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Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Fw: Partial Funding Secured to Restore NFB-NEWSLINE 
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: White, Scott
To: president.nfb.mi at gmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 2:21 PM
Subject: Partial Funding Secured to Restore NFB-NEWSLINE in Michigan


Hello Larry,

Please find below and attached a copy of the press release that was sent out

on the Michigan wire today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CONTACT:

Larry Posont, President

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan

(313) 271-3058 (Home)

E-mail: president.nfb.mi at gmail.com



Partial Funding Secured to Restore NFB-NEWSLINER in Michigan



NFB-NEWSLINER to Resume Service Temporarily with Financial Support
 from the Michigan Commission for the Blind



Dearborn Heights, Michigan (January 5, 2011): The National Federation of the

Blind of Michigan is pleased to announce that partial funding has been found

for NFB-NEWSLINER-the free service that provides independent access by blind

and print-disabled people to hundreds of local and national publications and

job and TV listings-to temporarily restore service in Michigan as of today. 
The $20,000 in partial funding provided by the Michigan Commission for the 
Blind will continue the service, which helps enable print-disabled 
Michiganites to access the news they need to succeed in work, school, and 
community life, for several months.



Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), 
said: "We are pleased that we can restore NFB-NEWSLINER to blind people in 
Michigan with this funding.  This vital service-----, which offers the blind

and other print-disabled people unprecedented, round-the-clock access to 
news and information, continues to grow, regularly adding new publications 
and new features.  We remain hopeful that the additional $60,000 of funding 
needed to support the service for the rest of the year can be found."



Larry Posont, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan,

said: "Due to budgetary issues discovered earlier this year, it was 
understood that we would be unable to continue offering NFB-NEWSLINER to 
blind and print-disabled individuals in Michigan.  I am delighted to learn 
of the finding of funds that will support NFB-NEWSLINER in our fair state, 
which will in turn support members of the blind community in all the roles 
they play.  The discovery of $20,000, allowing for several months of this 
important service, is certainly good news, and I am eager to do what I can 
to ensure continued service provision in the future once this funding runs 
out.  I wish to hear from anyone with ties to foundations offering grant 
opportunities or to other revenue sources."



NFB-NEWSLINER allows those who cannot read conventional newsprint due to a 
visual or physical disability to access newspapers and magazines by download

to a digital talking-book player, over the telephone, or on the Web. 
NFB-NEWSLINER offers over three hundred newspapers and magazines and is 
available 24 hours a day.  In addition to offering national newspapers such 
as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, NFB-NEWSLINER

offers over twenty-five prominent magazines, including the Smithsonian, 
Time, Rolling Stone, Popular Science, and Wired.  NFB-NEWSLINER offers 
several Michigan-specific papers in addition to the Michigan Associated 
Press feed; these include the Detroit Free Press, the Flint Journal, and The

Mining Journal.  Additionally, NFB-NEWSLINER offers a new job-listings 
feature that allows subscribers to search through hundreds of thousands of 
job listings from all across the country by category and keyword, and will 
be of substantial help to reduce the estimated 70 percent unemployment rate 
among the blind.



To learn more about NFB-NEWSLINER, please visit www.nfbnewsline.org.  Those 
interested in subscribing to the service may fill out the online application

form, write to nfbnewsline at nfb.org, or call (866) 504-7300.  In order to be 
eligible for NFB-NEWSLINER, 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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