Celebrity Volunteers Lend Voices to Record Textbooks For Blind & Dyslexic Students

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Kicks Off Annual Record-A-Thon during

National Volunteer Week



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

    PRINCETON, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Celebrities across the country are preparing to spend time reading textbooks
 in recording studios across the country April 23-27 in support of National
 Volunteer Week and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), the nation's
 first and largest nonprofit providing accessible textbooks for students of all
 ages with visual impairments, severe learning disabilities or another physical
 disability.
     RFB&D's Sixth Annual National Record-A-Thon (R-A-T) is an intensive
 weeklong volunteer effort to double the organization's production of taped
 textbooks.  The R-A-T features locally and nationally prominent performers,
 authors, lawmakers, journalists and athletes who lend their voices to support
 RFB&D's important work in studios from New York to Los Angeles.
     RFB&D's 91,000 members in kindergarten through graduate school rely on the
 more than 5,700 volunteers from all walks of life who lend their time and
 expertise to read and record textbooks and in accessible formats in every
 subject area and grade level from Dr. Seuss to law, medical and computer
 science texts.  These dedicated volunteers, working in 32 recording studios
 around the country, have helped RFB&D (www.rfbd.org) amass a collection of
 more than 83,000 titles for its master library in Princeton, NJ.  Last year
 alone, RFB&D volunteers added nearly 4,000 new titles to the library and
 circulated a quarter of a million books among its members.
     Each RFB&D volunteer is required to have expertise in the field in which
 they read to ensure the subject matter is presented accurately and
 consistently.  The volunteers are trained to describe maps, charts, scales and
 other graphic elements within a book in specific detail so that students who
 learn through listening get complete information and access to all content
 within a book.
     The national goal for the Record-A-Thon is to record at least 5,200 tracks
 over the course of the week.  That figure translates into approximately
 225 new books for the master library.  This year, with support from Gap Inc.,
 volunteers will be wearing Record-A-Thon tee shirts during their recording
 sessions.
     "RFB&D is a unique nonprofit in the sense that the volunteers drive our
 core business," said RFB&D President & CEO Richard O. Scribner.  "Without the
 time and expertise they contribute so generously, we would not be able to make
 accessible textbooks so widely available to the tremendous numbers of students
 who need this accommodation to learn through listening."
     For information about studio locations and local celebrity appearances,
 contact Sue Brooks at sbrooks@rfbd.org at 609-520-7993 or Morgan Roth at
 mroth@rfbd.org or 609-520-8095.
 
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    PRINCETON, N.J., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Celebrities across the country are preparing to spend time reading textbooks
 in recording studios across the country April 23-27 in support of National
 Volunteer Week and Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), the nation's
 first and largest nonprofit providing accessible textbooks for students of all
 ages with visual impairments, severe learning disabilities or another physical
 disability.
     RFB&D's Sixth Annual National Record-A-Thon (R-A-T) is an intensive
 weeklong volunteer effort to double the organization's production of taped
 textbooks.  The R-A-T features locally and nationally prominent performers,
 authors, lawmakers, journalists and athletes who lend their voices to support
 RFB&D's important work in studios from New York to Los Angeles.
     RFB&D's 91,000 members in kindergarten through graduate school rely on the
 more than 5,700 volunteers from all walks of life who lend their time and
 expertise to read and record textbooks and in accessible formats in every
 subject area and grade level from Dr. Seuss to law, medical and computer
 science texts.  These dedicated volunteers, working in 32 recording studios
 around the country, have helped RFB&D (www.rfbd.org) amass a collection of
 more than 83,000 titles for its master library in Princeton, NJ.  Last year
 alone, RFB&D volunteers added nearly 4,000 new titles to the library and
 circulated a quarter of a million books among its members.
     Each RFB&D volunteer is required to have expertise in the field in which
 they read to ensure the subject matter is presented accurately and
 consistently.  The volunteers are trained to describe maps, charts, scales and
 other graphic elements within a book in specific detail so that students who
 learn through listening get complete information and access to all content
 within a book.
     The national goal for the Record-A-Thon is to record at least 5,200 tracks
 over the course of the week.  That figure translates into approximately
 225 new books for the master library.  This year, with support from Gap Inc.,
 volunteers will be wearing Record-A-Thon tee shirts during their recording
 sessions.
     "RFB&D is a unique nonprofit in the sense that the volunteers drive our
 core business," said RFB&D President & CEO Richard O. Scribner.  "Without the
 time and expertise they contribute so generously, we would not be able to make
 accessible textbooks so widely available to the tremendous numbers of students
 who need this accommodation to learn through listening."
     For information about studio locations and local celebrity appearances,
 contact Sue Brooks at sbrooks@rfbd.org at 609-520-7993 or Morgan Roth at
 mroth@rfbd.org or 609-520-8095.
 
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