Volunteering By Reading Text Books For Blind, Dyslexic and Disabled Folks
By Molly Malone
I love volunteering. I just got back from 3 hours of reading at the RFB&D where I enjoy spending some of my energy reading textbooks for blind students (today I learned how to direct readers and ran the recording technology). Disabled folks can use our service too, including folks that cant turn the pages because of arthritis for example. Some students have been recently blinded and some were born blind. Either way, it’s very rewarding because of the impact on others. I’m going to join the Ambassador committee soon, so I thought I’d start by sharing some interesting facts with you about the program.
Where I volunteer, we serve Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Pretty fun territory for a gal from Vermont to think about. Wonder what listeners think of my accent?
* In Texas alone, we have over 16,000 borrowers that have benefit from our services. Nationally, Recording For The Blind & Dyslexic provides over 185,000 people with print disabilities the books they need to learn and succeed.
* Currently over 700 Texas schools and districts are members of our service.
* Borrowers range from kindergarten-graduate students and continuing education. We have even helped a blind woman graduate successfully from acupuncture school!
* We have a studio that has 7 recording booths. Everyone gets to direct!
* Johns Hopkins University evaluated the effectiveness of RFB & D’s (reading for blind and dyslexic) recorded textbooks, and found a 38% increase in content acquisition reading scores.
* Their goal (and mine too, which is why I volunteer here) is for all people to have access to the printed world.
And if you’re in Texas, they’re just right up the street off of Lamar and 45th!