The NEWSLINE® service reads newspapers over the telephone to Oklahomans who are unable to read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, a learning disability or the physical inability to hold or turn the pages of printed material.
The service provides newspaper text in synthesized speech. Using the keypad on a touch-tone phone, people with visual disabilities can speed up the reading pace, skip articles and sections, or reread articles. It is available 24 hours a day and is entirely free to eligible individuals.
The national NEWSLINE® was created by the National Federation of the Blind and is funded in Oklahoma by Visual Services.
For more information about NEWSLINE, contact the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at (405) 521-3514 in Oklahoma City or (800) 523-0288 toll free statewide.
How to Apply
Step 1: Register by calling the National Federation of the Blind toll-free at 1 (866) 504-7300 to request an application. You may also download an application or fill out the online application to register.
Step 2: After your registration is processed, you will receive a letter containing your activation codes and instructions on how to begin reading the newspaper with NFB-NEWSLINE®.
What to Bring
Anyone who cannot read printed newspapers due to vision loss, dyslexia, or a physical disability is eligible to receive NFB-NEWSLINE®.