The Champion Newspaper and the National Federation for the Blind of Georgia have teamed up to provide blind and visually impaired persons with a way to stay up to date on DeKalb County news.
The Champion is now part of the National Federation of the Blind’s NBF-Newsline service. Through the service, blind and visually impaired or print disabled persons can access the Champion using a touch-tone telephone. Technology allows for the newspaper’s Web pages to be converted and read by a digital text reader that can be heard over the phone.
The Champion is now one of more than 250 newspapers and magazines that can be selected; however, it is the only publication in DeKalb County that is a part of the service. The other four newspapers in the state that also are available through the service are: Atlanta Journal Constitution, Macon Telegraph, Columbus Ledger and the Savannah Morning News.
“We are pleased to be able to partner with the National Federation for the Blind of Georgia and help our neighbors who have limited or no sight gain the information they need and desire to be informed members of the community,” said Publisher Carolyn Glenn.
The free service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Users can choose the topic and articles of interest to them.
“This is the next step of providing access to current local information that allows us to participate actively in our community as everyday people living life every day,” said Anil Lewis, a local resident and board member of the National Federation for the Blind.
Persons interested in accessing the service, should call the National Federation for the Blind’s Atlanta office at (404) 371-1000.