Project to provide weather information to blind

BY JUSTIN ROBERTI, AccuWeather Modified: September 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm •  Published: September 25, 2012
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BALTIMORE -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of the blind in the United States, and its newspaper service for the blind, NFB-NEWSLINE, are collaborating with AccuWeather, an online weather information service, to provide emergency weather alerts to blind and print-disabled subscribers throughout America.

NFB-NEWSLINE is a free audible information access service that provides over three-hundred newspapers and magazines to the blind. The AccuWeather information service will be offered on NFB-NEWSLINE, giving blind and print-disabled people instant access to emergency weather alerts.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) said: “The lack of access to emergency weather alerts has been a persistent problem for the blind, and now with the combination of AccuWeather alerts and NFB-NEWSLINE, an innovative source of this critical information has been created for the blind of America.

"With the inclusion of the AccuWeather information service, NFB-NEWSLINE continues to be on the cutting edge in providing independent access to much-needed information to the blind of America.”

Scott White, director of NFB-NEWSLINE, said: “We are excited to be the first to bring this revolutionary independent access to emergency weather information to the blind through our NFB-NEWSLINE service.

"Until this point, the blind of America did not have instant access to emergency weather alerts. It was necessary for blind persons to rely on friends or family members to read the weather alert text being scrolled across the bottom of their television screens.”