Let me congratulate you again for making it possible for visually impaired people like me to listen to the Talking Information Center on my Google Home and Google Mini devices. I will be spreading the good news at our next chapter meeting. I have favorite programs that I enjoy listening to. My favorites so far are: Consumer Reports, Yoga, Wall Street Journal (I like this format with the two readers alternating articles) This makes it much easier to follow), Christian Science Monitor, Faith Murray - things you should know and Veterans Hour.
To TIC volunteer reader: I live in Raleigh, North Carolina. I enjoy listening you read parents magazine every week as much as you enjoy reading them on The Talking Information Center Network. I listen every week not only because I enjoy listening to the news all the time but also because you are my favorite reader on the Talking Information Center. You do an excellent job and I'll keep listening to you as long as you'll be reading. Thank you so much for your service and time you put in for those who cannot read magazines and newspapers for themselves.
I am 18 years old and excited to be graduating high school. I would like to explain about my visual impairment. My eye condition is retinopathy of prematurity, which means my retinas detached when I was born earlier than I was supposed to be. I can determine whether a light is on or off, but I cannot see shapes or details. Because my retinas are detached, my vision is useless. Because of my eye condition, I cannot read print or comprehend what letters look like. therefore, I must read braille, which means I can feel the letters and determine what the words, sentences and paragraphs say. I also cannot write with a pencil or pen, but I use my laptop to do my assignments. After I am done with class and homework assignments, I email my assignments to my teachers so they can grade them.
Thank you very much for broadcasting our convention on TIC and for making it available to people who are unable to join us in person. This resource is a powerful way to spread the word about our organization and the issues impacting blind people in the Commonwealth. We will look forward to seeing you next year.
Starting at 8am I listen to The Wall Street Journal, The [Boston] Globe and The [Boston] Herald and that gives me the balanced overview of what’s going on in the wide wide world today. This is important because I don’t want to sit and be a lump in a chair. I want to be aware of what’s going on in the world. I can’t see a lot of it but I’m still alive and it’s my world. TIC gives me access. I’m blind and 94, which has slowed me down but I want to be able to make up my own mind. It’s my world, my country. Your broadcasting the news is very important.
The iPod and iPhone have forged the way for creative radio. To this end, TIC has been instrumental in airing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring topics such as: Service Animals and Taxi’s, Medical Marijuana and the ADA, Voting and the ADA, the ADA and Alcoholism and Diabetes and the ADA. Also, TIC has invited us to be guests on their popular show, ‘Mission Possible’ helping to promote the Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary events which are free and open to the public. We will continue to create PSA’s with a focus on two populations that characterize New England today: people over age 60, and those with mental health and substance abuse issues who are unaware of their rights under the ADA as well as inform and educate the public about our ADA services in order to facilitate independence and maximum community participation. TIC is key in reaching audiences unaware of their rights under the ADA!
...I am a devoted listener for the Talking Information Center. This is a radio reading service for visually impaired persons and other disabilities. Volunteers come into the studio and read many types of magazines, newspapers and a vital program called “Cooking In The Dark”. My whole world has been enlightened and educated by all of the programs that are broadcasted from the Talking Information Center. The [Bay Colony Shakespeare Company] recently performed a play that we could hear and it was fabulous. I love the Talking Information Center, because I can hear human beings read to me. The volunteers read with such devotion and I always feel like I am in the studio with them, when I listen. The Talking Information Center is my lifeline and I even learn about the wonderful accomplishments of other blind people. This is done through the “Eyes On Success” program, which is wonderful. The Talking Information Center also records and broadcasts The National Federation of The Blind and American Council of The Blind conventions. This is essential, as many people cannot attend the conventions. Please give the Talking Information Center your generous support for years to come. People who are not well do recover from listening to the multitude of programs that the network provides. Thank you. I have been listening to the Talking Information Center for over 20 years.