‘Radio Readings’ gives blind a chance to read

How do you give the blind a chance to read? By letting people know about the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service.

Most people can read a newspaper, magazine or book – but thousands of our neighbors are blind or print-handicapped. They are unable to read the printed matter that most of us take for granted.

For 26 years, Western New York’s blind and print-handicapped people have come to depend on the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service (NFRRS), an award-winning non-profit “radio station” where volunteers broadcast daily readings of newspapers (including the OBSERVER), magazines and books to our neighbors without sight, who are provided “reading radios.” The NFRRS broadcasts on a special signal, which cannot be heard on normal radios.

Big News: The NFRRS now has reading radios in stock, available to area blind and print-handicapped people who would like access to Radio Readings.

Since 1987, Radio Reading has given area print-handicapped persons daily access to the printed matter that most of us take for granted. Radio Reading’s 300 volunteers broadcast 24 hours a day, every day, from its studios at 1199 Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. It is regarded as New York state’s finest radio reading service for the blind, and one of the nation’s best. The NFRRS has broadcast more than 200,000 hours of readings to print-handicapped persons.

Many print-handicapped area residents would appreciate having a reading radio if they knew about NFRRS. Any print-handicapped person is eligible for the service. Radio Reading receivers are provided to print-handicapped persons who would like access to the NFRRS.

Please pass the word about Radio Reading. It could greatly improve someone’s quality of life. Placing a reading radio with someone without sight could expose him or her to the information, enlightenment and entertainment that daily access to printed matter can bring. To give someone this gift, call 821-5555.

Volunteer Radio Readers are also needed. Contributions can be sent to: Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, P.O. Box 575 Buffalo, N.Y. 14225. For more information on obtaining a reading radio or becoming a volunteer, call the NFRRS at 821-5555.