Campaign Brings Books to Life by Volunteer Voices
April 19, 2010 · Published By Editor
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Launches Record-A-Thon; Volunteer Campaign Brings Books to Life for Students With Print Disabilities
PHOENIX – Volunteer readers in Sun Cities and thousands more across the United States are lending their voices to a unique initiative making books accessible for individuals including students and veterans who cannot read standard print.
The national Record-A-Thon campaign, staged this month by the nonprofit Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), is a ‘tour de force’ of volunteerism, philanthropy, and community engagement. At RFB&D’s recording studios throughout the country, volunteer readers will log extra hours at the microphone to transform printed textbooks into easy-to-navigate audio books – enabling hundreds of thousands of people with visual and learning disabilities to achieve educational success.
The Sun Cities volunteers will join the Record-A-Thon this coming week to record books, raise funds, and boost public awareness about RFB&D and people with learning differences. The event is made possible in part by event sponsor Sun City Mid-Week Bell Lions Club.
What: Record-A-Thon Hosted by RFB&D’s Sun Cities Studio
Where: RFB&D Studio, 9449 North 99th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345
When: April 19 – April 23, 8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Published on behalf of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Founded in 1948, RFB&D® serves more than 250,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other disability. RFB&D’s collection of nearly 60,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads, new assistive technology devices, and CD – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 5,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the books, which students rely on to achieve educational success.
RFB&D, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, as well as the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, visit www.rfbd.org.